(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump will not challenge President Obama in 2012.
"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency," Trump said in a statement Monday. "This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country," the real estate mogul and reality show star continued.
"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done halfheartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector."
Trump's latest flirtation with America's highest office saw the outspoken mogul publicly demand to see President Obama's birth certificate and his still-sealed college records. The Obama administration provided the former, but refused to reveal the latter.
NBC said over the weekend that if Trump ran for president, he would be replaced on The Celebrity Apprentice.
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