Multi-billionaire Donald Trump announced from Trump Tower Tuesday that he is running for President of the United States.
After being introduced by his daughter Ivanka – who praised her father for "his vision, his brilliance, his passion, his work ethic, and his refusal to take no for an answer" – Trump painted a dark picture of America's current economic and political state.
"Our country is in serious trouble. We don't have victories anymore," said Trump to an enthusiastic crowd in Trump Tower, "The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everyone else's problems."
"Our country needs a truly great leader – and we need a truly great leader now," he said. "We need a leader that can bring back our jobs, can bring back our manufacturing, can bring back our military – can take care of our vets..."
"The fact is, the American Dream is dead – but if I win, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before," he declared.
Saying he will be "the greatest job creator president that God ever created," Trump proclaimed that he was the leader who could turn the country around. "We need somebody that literally will take this country and make it great again. We can do that."
In his remarks, Trump hit on a laundry list of problems caused by the current regime and what he characterized as an absence of visionary leadership. The massively successful businessman blasted the failed economic policies of Obama, the failing war on terror, and the "abandonment" of our vets, and argued for the need to"build a massive wall to secure our southern border."
"A country without borders is, quite simply, not a country," he said. "Mexico is not our friend. They are beating us at the border and hurting us badly at economic development. They are sending people that they don’t want."
Trump devoted a few minutes to addressing the crisis in Iraq, saying he had warned that we should not invade the country because it would destabilize the area and embolden Iran. Now, after our mishandling of the region, he said, we have nothing to show for our soldiers’ lives lost there.
As for "The Big Lie," Obamacare, Trump said it must be "repealed and replaced with something far superior and at far less cost." The deductibles are so high, he said, "you have to be hit by a tractor, literally, to use it."
He also took a few jabs at his GOP competition, faulting both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio for being vague about their approaches to the Middle East.
Trump also released a summary of his net worth, which as of June 30, 2014, stood at $8.7 billion, with assets of over $9.2 billion.
Trump's remarks begin around the 9-minute mark.