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What Donald Trump Just Did Shows He May Already Know Whether He’s Running Or Not In ’16

Donald Trump's political consultant says the business mogul and reality TV star is...

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A new year, a new momentum for Republicans, a new run-up to presidential primary/caucus season, and here comes an old face to join the crowd in Iowa…old, that is, in terms of hanging around a while with those who would be the federal government’s next Chief Executive.

According to The Des Moines Register, Donald Trump’s political consultant says the business mogul and reality TV star is adding stops to his Iowa trip in January. Since 1972, the Iowa caucuses have been the first major electoral event of the nominating process for President.

Trump has RSVP’ed for a dinner party with Gov. Terry Branstad and Steve Bruere, the president of Peoples Company, a land brokerage firm.

And he will join the lineup at the Iowa Freedom Summit, which will feature several GOP potential presidential candidates and other keynote speakers.

The website for the Iowa Freedom Summit — hosted by Citizens United and Congressman Steve King and scheduled for January 24th in Des Moines — notes that a number of Republicans thought to be possible presidential contenders will address grassroots activists.

Among the confirmed speakers at the Summit are Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Amb. John Bolton, Sen. Rick Santorum, Gov. Sarah Palin, and businesswoman Carly Fiorina.

Bruere, a real estate developer who’s co-hosting the exclusive dinner party Donald Trump is set to attend, said that about this time in every presidential election cycle, “Donald seems to surface.” Bruere told The Register:

“He likes to put his name out there one way or another and at least offer his opinion. One can only suspect the reason he accepted this year is because it’s a caucus year, and he wants to stir things up.”

Trump has come down from the tower in New York City to flirt with a White House bid numerous times since 1988. While the outgoing, outspoken Trump has attracted plenty of national media coverage, he has never officially become a candidate.

An avid user of social media — with a very popular, generally self-serving Twitter account often used to bash Barack Obama — Trump’s latest toying with another run for the White House has already generated a fair amount of buzz.

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