By Emily Goodin - 09/10/13 04:24 PM EDT
Donald Trump is open to another run for office, after expressing interest but ultimately declining to campaign for president in 2012.
Trump endorsed Republican nominee John McCain in the 2008 presidential election and toyed with running for the GOP nomination in 2012. He eventually endorsed GOP nominee Mitt Romney and proved one of President Obama's harshest critics.
But he was in Washington on Tuesday for an event going back to his real estate roots. Earlier this year, the Trumps signed a 60-year lease to turn the Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel.
Trump said that "better than politics, building is what I do best.’”
He elaborated on that later, saying "everyone loves me after they're built."
He declined to endorse someone for the 2016 presidential race, saying "it's a little too early. Ask me in one year."
But Trump said Obama would be welcome to stay at one of the two presidential suites planned for “The Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C.”
“I'd be honored to if he wants,” he said. “I know you're shocked by that."