A top adviser to Donald Trump said Friday that on a trip to Iowa earlier this week he sensed a "fervent desire" among Republican activists in the state for a someone like the real estate mogul to jump into the race for the Republican presidential nomination next year.

Michael Cohen, a Trump Organization executive vice president, who traveled to Iowa to court potential supporters, said on ABC's "Top Line" webcast Friday that Trump would bring "business sense" to a Republican field that he thinks is currently thin in that department. 

"The one thing that's lacking right now is really some business sense," Cohen said of the potential GOP field, which includes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who once headed the private equity firm Bain Capital. 

Trump is still weighing a 2012 bid and has said he won't make a final decision on a run until June. In a recent interview with the Des Moines Register, Trump said he would campaign hard in the Iowa caucuses if he opted for a bid. 

Cohen met with Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn during his trip to the state, and said Friday that Strawn is "very interested in seeing someone like Donald Trump enter the race." 

He also held meetings with at least 18 Republican operatives, fundraisers and organizers, all of whom "expressed not just an interest, but a fervent desire" for Trump to run, according to Cohen. 

Cohen co-founded the website, ShouldTrumpRun.com, which has more than half a million views.