America’s unpredictable presidential race has taken another twist after media tycoon Michael Bloomberg hinted that he might be tempted to throw his hat into the ring in an effort to see-off fellow billionaire Donald Trump.
Trump, who is currently front-runner in the race to be crowned Republican nominee for the White House, reacted to the news with trademark bombast – declaring that he would ‘love’ to face-off against his former friend.
Bloomberg is reportedly mulling entering the race in March and is prepared to fund a campaign war chest to the tune of £700m – sensing an opportunity to appeal to the centre ground should firebrand right-winger Donald Trump and far-left challenger Bernie Sanders secure the nominations of the Republican and Democratic parties respectively.
Speaking to CBS News former reality TV star Trump commented: “I would love it. I know Michael very well, I'd love to compete against Michael.
“He's very opposite on me with guns and he's opposite on pro-life and he's opposite on a lot of things.
"And Michael's been a friend of mine over the years - perhaps we're not friends anymore. You know, he's wanted to do this for a long time and he never pulled the trigger.”