Real estate mogul Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats target Trump's border wall in defense bill debate Obama ethics czar: Trump fundraiser at his DC hotel ‘illegal’ Trump trolling of Comey — Not presidential MORE says he's looking “very seriously” at a possible 2016 presidential run.

Stoking 2016 speculation, the hotel magnate and "Celebrity Apprentice" host will test the waters in the nation’s first-in-the-south primary state next weekend, delivering a keynote address to South Carolina's Tea Party convention on Jan. 17.

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“I’m going to Iowa. I’m going to South Carolina. I’m going to New Hampshire … I do very well in the polls. I do well in that kind of world [politics] … I’ll be doing it, and I’ll be looking at it [a presidential run] very seriously,” he said in an interview on "The Cats Roundtable," host John Catsimatidis's Sunday radio show on New York AM 970.

Trump underscored how Americans are suffering economically, saying “the real unemployment rate is 20%. It’s not 5.3% or 5.8%. It’s 20%. That’s the real rate. The people that are most suffering are the ones that don't have much money to start off with."

Weighing in on the Paris terrorist attack this week that killed 12 people, Trump called it an "absolutely terrible situation that looks like it will get worse."

Militant Islamist brothers, who were later killed by police, killed 10 journalists and two police officers –  in an attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper known for its controversial cartoons that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.