Donald Trump says will not run for U.S. President

BOSTON Tue May 17, 2011 8:43am EDT

Real estate magnate Donald Trump smiles as he leaves a Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce business expo at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire, May 11 2011. REUTERS/Don Himsel/Pool

Real estate magnate Donald Trump smiles as he leaves a Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce business expo at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire, May 11 2011.

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Billionaire real estate magnate Donald Trump said on Monday that he will not run for the White House in 2012.

The host of reality TV show "Celebrity Apprentice" said the decision came after "considerable deliberation and reflection" after weeks of an unofficial campaign.

"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election," Trump said in a statement.

(Reporting by Ros Krasny, editing by Sandra Maler)

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