Real estate developer Donald Trump prepares to go on stage to speak during the Freedom Summit in Greenville, South Carolina May 9, 2015.
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Donald Trump sets a date for 2016 announcement


Donald Trump will make an announcement “as to whether or not he will run” in 2016 on June 16 in New York City.

The media mogul set to announce his decision from his business headquarters at Trump Tower. “All are welcome to attend,” Trump’s spokespeople said in a release, a nod to the media circus Trump enjoys and encourages in his political dealings.

Trump tops the list of candidates Republicans are least excited about. A late May national poll by Quinnipiac found that 21% of Republicans would “definitely would not support” him in the Republican primary; just 5% said they’d vote for Trump if the election were held today. 

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This is not Trump’s first rodeo: the real estate mogul considered a presidential bid in the 2012 election at the height of his effort to get President Obama to release his birth certificate. Trump launched an exploratory committee and set a date for an announcement, before ultimately bowing out in May 2011 and signing on to another season of hosting “The Apprentice.”

At the time, Trump swore he would have won if he ran: “I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election,” he said.

This time Trump seems keen on going all in. He has hired staff in key early states and has been on the trail in early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina, telling voters he’s “very seriously” looking at a 2016 bid. He has already turned down another season of “The Apprentice,” too.

“This time, I’m very far down the line, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump said in April. “I’m going to surprise a lot of people.”