"Our country is so badly run ... I just want to see our country be great again"
Donald Trump's entrance into the political fray should be no surprise for avid listeners to Down to Business.
Following the announcement that he would be investing in the a major development in Doonbeg he spoke to Newstalk's Bobby Kerr.
US President-elect Donald Trump speaking at his revamped Trump Turnberry golf course in Scotland
Speaking in October of 2014, he said that he was still weighing up his political options ahead of the 2016 race:
"Our country is so badly run. I mean, I love what I'm doing. I'd rather do what I'm doing - but I see the people that are out there and I just want to see our country 'be great again.' You look at what's going on in Iraq, you look at what's happening with Ebola ... I mean the whole thing is catastrophic.
"We have a thing called Obamacare, which is a total catastrophe - a health insurance concept that just doesn't work and hasn't worked and it really has hurt the country. So, we'll see what happens," Mr Trump told Down to Business.
He added that he'd look at who the competition was before making a decision in early 2015. He went on to declare his candidacy in June of that year - and the rest is history.
Mr Trump ended the interview saying, "If I do I promise we'll talk again." We are yet to hear from him.
During the wide-ranging interview he also discussed his plans for Doonbeg, "You may have read a little bit about Ireland having a little bit of a headache over the last five or six years - I took advantage of that," he told Bobby Kerr, after he snapped up the Clare property in the middle of Ireland's financial crash.
The US President Elect said "you just don’t get better" locations to build on.
His enthusiasm for the project seems to have waned as his focus shifted towards politics.
"I own a big property in Ireland, magnificent property called Doonbeg. What happened is I went for an approval to do this massive, beautiful expansion - that was when I was a developer, now I couldn’t care less about it," he told The Times on Monday, January 16th.
"I learnt a lot because ... they were using environmental tricks to stop a project from being built. I found it to be a very unpleasant experience," he continued.