NEW YORK (AP) —After months of flirting with politics, Donald Trump said Monday hewon't run for president, choosing to stick with hosting "The CelebrityApprentice" over entering the race for the Republican nomination.
Thereality TV star and real estate magnate made his announcement at aManhattan hotel as NBC, which airs his show, rolled out its fall lineup.
He'sspent the past few months weighing whether to seek the presidency,delivering speeches to national GOP groups, traveling to early primarystates like New Hampshire and criticizing President Barack Obama fromafar.
He is the second Republican in a matter of days to say noto a bid for the GOP nomination. Mike Huckabee announced Saturday thathe wouldn't seek the presidency.
At the Hilton hotel in New York,NBC said that "The Celebrity Apprentice" would be coming back inmidseason. But Bob Greenblatt, the head of NBC entertainment, said theonly mystery would be whether Trump was host.
Trump then took the stage, saying the show has made a lot of money for charity and that he wanted to continue doing so.
"I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to," Trump said.