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Trump spends $1 million to mull presidential run

Once again Donald Trump is weighing in on another run for president – but not without doing his research first.

“The electoral research was commissioned,” Trump’s executive VP and special counsel Michael Cohen first told the New York Post and confirmed to CBS News. “We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf.”

“At this point Mr. Trump has not made any decision on a political run, but what I would say is that he is exactly what this country needs,” Cohen said. “The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing.”

According to the Post, Cohen added that by law, if Trump ran for any government office, “He would be required to turn over control of his company either to one or all of his children or to a trust.”

Donald Trump CPACCohen told CBS News that Trump is becoming a highly-sought after speaker at local Republican events, and has more than two dozen requests inviting him to appear.

“Everybody tells me, ‘Please run for president. Please run for president.’ I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along,” Trump told attendees at a Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi, Mich. last week.

“I’d be happy if President Obama did a great job. I’m a Republican, but before anything, I love this country. I would love to see somebody come in who is going to be great,” Trump said.

The billionaire has ridden another wave of success with his “Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” shows on NBC. Trump recently challenged President Obama to open up his college records, and offered to donate $5 million to charity if the president complied.

Trump considered a run in 2012, but ultimately endorsed Republican nominee Mitt Romney. He predicted that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee in 2016, and said that if the GOP “doesn’t pick the right person, it will be a landslide.”

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