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Trump Is Serious About Running For President, Columnist Krauthammer Says

Donald Trump on April 16, 2011, in Boca Raton,  Fla.
Donald Trump on April 16, 2011, in Boca Raton, Fla.

After talking with Donald Trump on Thursday, he's convinced that the developer/reality TV personality is really running for president, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News Channel's Hannitylast night.

"This is not just a feint," Krauthammer said of Trump's much-hyped talk about seeking the GOP nomination. According to Krauthammer, the two had a "substantive" discussion about issues ranging from Trump's alignment with the so-called birthers to trade with China.

Krauthammer, by the way, is not a fan of the idea of Trump running for president. He writes in today's Washington Post that Trump is "a spectacle," a self-promoter, "a provacateur and a clown."

NPR's David Folkenflik, on last night's All Things Consideredand on Monkey See, says there are reasons to be cautious about the chances for a real Trump 2012 campaign. Among them: "Trump has never run for office, and he hates scrutiny from the press."

The Hannity video follows. Fast-foward to the 1-minute mark for the discussion about Trump.

Update at 12:15 p.m. ET: Over at The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog, Nate Silver says that the news media's spotlight is shining less brightly on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) these days and that coverage of Trump, meanwhile, has "increased exponentially."

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