Trump says he tops Romney at business

Donald Trump says his net worth is bigger than Romney’s. Donald Trump says his net worth is bigger than Romney’s.
Associated Press / April 18, 2011

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WASHINGTON — Potential presidential candidate Donald Trump said yesterday that he is a better businessman than Mitt Romney, a leading Republican aspirant for the White House in 2012.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,’’ Trump said he has a “much, much bigger net worth. I mean my net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney.’’

Trump said he has created thousands of jobs and built a large company, describing the former governor of Massachusetts as a “small-business guy.’’

Romney is a former venture capitalist with a record of turning around failing companies. While heading Bain Capital, he helped launch the Staples office supply chain, as well as buy Domino’s Pizza. Romney spent more than $40 million of his own money on the 2008 campaign.

Last week, Trump said he had put off agreeing to an extension of his “Celebrity Apprentice’’ television show while he weighs a presidential bid. The billionaire real estate developer said he told NBC he could not commit to a three-year contract extension for the series until he decides whether he will run.

Trump, who is registered as a Republican in New York, said he is encouraged by polls and plans to make an announcement about his candidacy before June. Trump spoke Friday at an event in Palm Beach, Fla. He said the United States should be entitled to Iraqi oil, and he praised the Tea Party movement.