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Wednesday
Apr272011

Donald Trump to Release Financial, Tax Information at the 'Appropriate Time' 

Bill Clark/Roll Call(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) -- Real estate mogul Donald Trump will honor a pledge to release his own financial and tax information if President Obama released his birth certificate "at the appropriate time," he told ABC News Wednesday.

"That's something I'd been thinking about doing anyway," he said of the recent challenge from ABC Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos to release the personal information if Obama did the same.

A giddy Trump earlier in the day could barely wait to meet and greet the people of New Hampshire, impressing upon a group of Portsmouth manufacturing workers the role he and his supporters believe he played in Obama's decision to release on Wednesday morning his original, long-form birth certificate.

"Oh, by the way, I don't know if you heard? Did you hear?" Trump asked Wilcox Industries Corp. employees in reference to the birth records.

"I am so proud of myself. I got this guy to release his birth certificate. I'm really, really happy," Trump told the employees before a lunch-time New Hampshire Republican Party fundraiser in downtown Portsmouth.

Wilcox Industries makes night-vision goggles and other tactical products for the Pentagon.

It's the first visit to an early primary state for what is shaping up to be an unpredictable but increasingly likely bid for the presidency by the New York real estate mogul and reality TV star.

Trump has said he will make an announcement about his presidential intentions before June, and he said in an interview with ABC News that he is "having a good time" contemplating a White House bid. Trump said he would "prefer" not to run, but "the country comes before what I would prefer."

On Wednesday in New Hampshire, Trump said that he won't announce whether he will run for president until his NBC reality TV show, Celebrity Apprentice, wraps for the season. "I'd love to do it for you, I just can't do it," he told reporters after questioning their intelligence for not knowing federal election law. Trump said people would "be very surprised" by his decision.

He has been talking to several national political operatives who could serve as campaign managers or top advisers. His criteria is simple: "Great intelligence, great strategic thinking and loyalty," Trump said.

Lately, he has been a staple of network and cable news programs and newspaper headlines as recent polls show him at or near the top of the list of possible GOP candidates. He acknowledged that he has always had something of a love-hate relationship with the press.

"In the media you have some tremendous people and then you have some real sleazebags," he told ABC. "I engender both great love and great animosity from the media."

Those Granite State voters who like what they see after Trump's whirlwind tour on Wednesday will have another opportunity to meet him in the next few weeks.

Trump has plans to return to the state on May 11 to deliver a speech to the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. He will also attend a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast at St. Anselm College in June.

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