Inserting himself back into the presidential race, Donald Trump managed on Wednesday night and Thursday morning to get the nation’s major news organizations in a tangle about whether he will be endorsing Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich during a Thursday afternoon appearance in Las Vegas.
Just before 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, Trump confirmed that the endorsement will in fact go to Romney in a mini-news conference two hours before he is set to formally appear with the candidate.
As reporters knocked over chairs to get to the real estate magnate/reality star, Trump said he’d decided to back Romney because he liked his positions on China and OPEC. Reminded that he had not always said nice things about the ex-governor, Trump replied, “I didn’t know him then.”
Asked if this means his own White House aspirations are now over, Trump said unequivocally that he will not run as an independent or third party candidate in the fall if Romney is the nominee.