First on NH1: New details on Donald Trump's upcoming NH visit
CONCORD - When Donald Trump comes back to New Hampshire on March 19, he'll hold private meetings with elected officials and business leaders.
And the real estate mogul and reality TV star will also headline a house party at the Amherst home of GOP state Rep. Stephen Stepanek, NH1 has learned.
Trump made a recent visit to Iowa, the state that holds the first caucus in the race for the White House. And Friday he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee, a must-attend cattle call for any potential Republican presidential hopeful.
Wednesday the Washington Post reported, and NH1 confirmed, that Trump recently hired a well-known political operative in Iowa, as well as one here in the first-in-the-nation primary state. The New Hampshire operative is Corey Lewandowaski, who served as northeast director for Americans For Prosperity.
In an interview with NH1 on Thursday, Trump was asked what his next step will be as he mulls a White House run.
"Probably they'll be an exploratory committee, we'll announce something like that sometime prior to April, maybe," Trump said.
As for when he'll make his final decision on a presidential bid, Trump told NH1 "I would say by June, by the month of June maybe, right in that territory is what we're looking at. A lot of people are going to be very surprised."
Trump's flirted with running for president before, most recently four years ago, but he decided against a run. Many political pundits are not taking his latest flirtations seriously. Asked what's different this time around, Trump said "my children are now at a stage where they can take over and I can do things that I want to do. And basically what I want to do is make this country great again."