The Donald Spends $1 Million on Upcoming Reality Series ‘The President’

NEW YORK — Reality TV Star and New York City Icon Donald Trump today announced the creation of his newest venture “The President,” a 22-episode reality series to debut in early 2016.

“I always do things big, and this baby is gonna be the biggest show in the history of television!” claimed the real estate mogul and author who became an international celebrity through his highly successful NBC shows “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice.” “People always whine about how they don’t know who they’re voting for, but any candidate who manages to get through my show to the finale is going to be an open book! We’re going to see them at their worst, we’re going to see them under pressure, we’re going to see their birth certificate!”

Trump made headlines last month when The New York Post reported that he spent $1 million on “electoral research.” This, along with the fact that he has appeared ever more frequently at Republican events, has led many in the political world to think that he was testing the waters for a 2016 run for the White House.

“Everybody tells me, ‘Please run for president. Please run for president,'” Trump said to attendees at the Oakland County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi, Michigan, last week. “Which tells me there’s a market for a show like this. America, you want to see who’s going to be the next President? You’re going to have to watch The President!”

According to Michael Cohen, Trump’s executive vice president and special counsel, “The President” will pit two teams of candidates, Team Red and Team Blue, against one another in a series of real-life challenges meant to mimic events a sitting president may encounter during his or her time in office. “No longer will we wonder what the next president will do when he gets that call at 3:00 in the morning, because we’re gonna make that call,” explained Cohen.

A number of 2016 presidential hopefuls have already signed on for the series, including former Vice-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and former Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. “Guys can rest assured I’ll find a way to get that babe in a bathing suit,” said Trump, who owns the Miss Universe beauty pageant, Bachmann.

While recruits for Team Blue have been harder to come by, Trump was confident it was only a matter of time. “Look, if [former Secretary of State] Hillary [Clinton] or [Vice President] Joe [Biden] think they’re too good for my show, it’s their loss,” he said. “Worst case scenario, I can always get Sharpton or Kucinich on the phone in a heartbeat.”