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Trump: I may run for US president

Property mogul Donald Trump, the man behind a controversial £750 million luxury golf and housing development in Aberdeenshire, is thinking about running for president, saying "everybody's ripping off the United States".

He said in an ABC television interview he did not actually want to run, but was worried about the country's future and thought he could be the person to stand up to America's rivals.

Speaking in the US interview, Mr Trump singled out China for criticism, accusing Beijing of manipulating its currency to gain unfair advantage of the United States in global trade competition.

Mr Trump, who hosts his NBC reality show, The Apprentice, has shown interest in the past in running for president, in both 1988 and 2000.

But in the interview, Trump said: "I am thinking about things." He said he expects to decide by June and said he would be likely to run as a Republican.

Mr Trump angered some local residents with the plans for his luxury golf and housing development on the Menie estate.

The controversial application was originally thrown out by a committee of Aberdeenshire councillors but was called in by Scottish ministers who approved the project.

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