Donald Trump’s Back, And Hiring Staffers For A Possible 2016 Run

Real estate mogul, and almost-kind-of 2012 presidential candidate, Donald Trump is, once again, signaling that he might really run for president in the upcoming 2016 election.

This time around, Trump is making a number of political hires and is refusing to say whether he will do another season of Celebrity Apprentice, according to The Washington Post.

“NBC has said they want to renew,” Trump told the Post. “But I can’t do it right now because I may be doing something else.”

According to the Post, Trump has hired a few consultants who will likely move over to a new political group in the next few weeks, and would serve on a presidential campaign if Trump decided to run.

New Hampshire-based Corey R. Lewandowski, previously of Americans for Prosperity, has been hired as Trump’s senior political adviser and potential campaign manager. Alan Cobb, a political adviser at Koch Industries, will oversee campaign recruitment. Recently, Breitbart reported Rick Santorum adviser Chuck Laudner will run Trump’s potential campaign in Iowa.

Finally, the Post reported that Trump had hired Ed McMullen, who worked on Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ), presidential campaigns in South Carolina, and Sam Nunberg, an associate of New York opposition researcher Roger Stone.

Trump strongly floated running for president in the 2012 before opting against it. He was also one of the loudest voices pushing the debunked view that President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and had a fake birth certificate.

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