EXCLUSIVE: Trump revealed what his 2016 campaign would look like five years ago
Donald Trump has a storied history of flirting with running for the White House prior to his 2016 campaign. And in 2011, the Republican nominee was already laying the groundwork for what would become his presidential platform.
In an unearthed interview with AOL from 2011, Trump detailed what his campaign would look like if he jumped into the presidential race five years ago. The billionaire businessman ran through a number of familiar talking points that wouldn't be out of place in one of the GOP nominee's 2016 stump speeches.
"Our country is no longer respected. We've lost our mojo," he said when asked to outline a Trump presidency. The real estate mogul quickly shifted to attacking what would become some of his favorite targets throughout his 2016 run. "China, South Korea, the OPEC nations; they are ripping us like nobody's ever ripped us before." Trump said.
Trump seemed to have his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan in mind back in 2011 saying, "I am telling you that if I run, and if I win, this country will be respected again."
The Republican nominee has echoed similar sentiments throughout his 2016 campaign. In April, during his "America First" policy speech, Trump told supporters "Our president has allowed China to continue its economic assault on American jobs and wealth."
Trump offered a similar diagnosis back in 2011 saying if he becomes president, "China will not be ripping us with their phony currency and their manipulation of their currency."
A presidential run has long been rumored for Donald Trump even prior to 2011. The idea a Trump candidacy first emerged in 1987 when prominent Republican Mike Dunbar created the "Draft Trump" movement to challenge George H.W. Bush for the Republican nomination. Trump again made headlines in 2004 when he announced he was "very seriously" considering a presidential campaign. Trump was reportedly also considering a run in 2011, the year he delivered the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Following all the will he or won't he speculation, Trump had his doubters when he announced he was opening a presidential exploratory committee for 2016, but ultimately annouced his candidacy on June 15, 2015.
BY: WILLIAM STEAKIN