Donald Trump is officially running for president

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Donald Trump has officially announced he will be running for President of the United States in the Republican party in the upcoming 2016 election.

“So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again,” the announcement, called “Make America Great Again”, was made Tuesday morning over the live-streaming Periscope app from the Trump Tower in New York City.

The outspoken reality television star and real estate mogul has pandered in politics before and is most known for heavily questioning President Barack Obama over his country of birth. In 2011, Trump told Good Morning America he was considering running for president due to his skepticism over Obama’s citizenship. He soon reversed that decision.

Trump’s run for presidency unofficially began in March when he formed a presidential exploratory committee, according to Newsweek. He has also begun hiring campaign staff in certain states.

On Tuesday, Trump also publicly revealed the value of his financial assets to be a staggering $9 billion, including the valuation of his hotels, properties and hundreds of millions in cash.

His announcement comes just one day after Jeb Bush, George W. Bush’s brother, announced his candidacy in the Republican race. Both join a crowded list of contenders who have confirmed their run, including Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham.

Meanwhile, on the Democrat side, only four candidates have confirmed their campaigns, including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee.

The Vancouver Trump International Hotel and Tower is currently under construction at the corner of Georgia and Bute. It will be 63 stories with 218 luxury residences and 147 hotel rooms.

11AM #MakeAmericaGreatAgain

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