Real estate developer and TV star Donald Trump on Wednesday said he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for president in 2016.
"I am the only one who can make America truly great again!" he said in a statement. (Tweet This)
Trump has flirted with a run in past, but the formation of a committee is a firmer step in the direction of a 2016 campaign.
In his statement, the developer and star of "The Apprentice" cited his business experience and wealth as a leg up over other presidential hopefuls.
"Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians—who are all talk and no action!" he said. "I have built a great company, created thousands of jobs and built a tremendous net worth with some of the finest and most prestigious assets in the world—and very little debt!"
He said that all Americans deserve the opportunity to have the same success.
Trump also addressed international politics in his statement, saying that the U.S. has "lost the respect of the entire world," and apparently calling out President Barack Obama for his negotiations with foreign powers like Iran.
"We must stop other countries from totally taking advantage of our representatives who are being out-negotiated at every turn," he said.
In a telephone interview with Reuters, Trump said he would put his job creation record up against anyone, including the dozen or so Republicans who are considering a White House run in 2016.
"I have been dealing with politicians all my life," he said from New York. "They're all talk and no action, and that's the way it is."
Trump, known by the nickname "The Donald," said that as president he would spur job creation, for example, by cracking down on what he called China's manipulation of its currency, a practice he said that lately has been taken up by Japan.
The United States for years has attempted to persuade Beijing to halt a practice that Washington says China uses to depress the price of its exports.
"I would be extremely strong on the devaluation of their currency," he said.
Trump also said he would increase security along the U.S.-Mexican border.
The mogul has reportedly told NBC that he will not renew his contract for "The Apprentice." (DISCLOSURE: NBC and CNBC are owned by NBCUniversal).
—Reuters contributed to this report.