Donald Trump strings out presidential decision

NEW YORK Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:14pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Property magnate and reality TV star Donald Trump on Thursday strung out a media tease over whether he will run for U.S. president by setting a -- tentative -- date for announcing a date for announcing his decision.

Trump said in a statement he may declare when he will declare whether he will seek the Republican candidacy on network television during the May 22 season finale for his reality TV show "The Celebrity Apprentice," which airs on NBC.

"On the May 22 Season Finale of Celebrity Apprentice, Mr. Trump may announce the time and place of a press conference at which time he will make a statement as to whether or not he will run for President of the United States," Trump advisor Michael Cohen said in a statement.

Some suspect the larger-than-life moguls' musings about running for office are an attempt to milk publicity. Audiences for his TV show have been steadily rising since he started spreading the word he was considering running.

(Reporting by Mark Egan, editing by Michelle Nichols and David Storey)

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