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Posted March 7, 2011
Country needs Trump, employee says

Donald Trump arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Donald Trump didn’t create the nation’s $15 trillion debt, but his business acumen and negotiations skills just might be what the country needs to change directions, according to an employee who hopes to convince his boss to run for president.

“We don’t need more politicians saying the same thing over and over and over again,” Michael Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Donald Trump, told reporters in Des Moines this morning. “What we actually need is a business person that can put this country back on where we belong and that is the path of prosperity. We’ve lost that.”

Although he works for Trump, Cohen emphasized that he had taken a personal day to visit Iowa and was not here on his employer’s behalf.

Cohen said he had a full day of meetings major Republican leaders, activists, advocates, operatives, fundraisers and “just about everybody.” Before talking to reporters, he met with Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn aboard the Trump jet he traveled on. The flight was paid for an individual who hopes to encourage Trump to run, Cohen said.

It was the start of a busy day in GOP politics in Iowa. In addition to Cohen’s visit, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was to speak at the University of Iowa and Pella Christian School. Later, five potential GOP 2012 hopefuls – Newt Gingrich, former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty – are scheduled to speak at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Spring Kickoff in Waukee this evening.

Cohen, who planned to attend the Waukee event, hopes to use the information he gains to help convince Trump to join the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Trump has indicated he will make a decision in June whether to run. His exploration of a candidacy began when his name was included in a poll of New Hampshire residents’ preference for president.

Although Trump is not yet a candidate, Cohen and about 500,000 others who have indicated their interest at www.ShouldTrumpRun.com in seeing him run understand Iowa is the first step on the path to the nomination.

“Certainly along with the other 500,000, we are very anxious to learn about Iowa and be able to report back to Mr. Trump when he hopefully decides to run in June,” Cohen said.

Running for president would be a “big personal sacrifice for him,” Cohen said, but “the country really needs him more than ever before.”

“Mr. Trump would be great” as president, Cohen said. In addition to that business acumen and negotiations skills, “Mr. Trump is one of the wealthiest men in the country. He’s also one of the most well-known individuals on the planet.”

“He’s made a tremendous fortune for himself and what would be fabulous would be to see him put that ability and talents to work for the rest of us,” Cohen said.

Cohen dismissed suggestions Trump would have a hard time being taken seriously as a candidate despite regularly being the butt of jokes by talk show hosts.

“As is President Obama, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, (Tim) Pawlenty, Sarah Palin,” he said. “I believe they have all been made fun of. That’s what the press does. They like to have fun with anyone and everyone.”

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