Donald Trump is coming to Pennsylvania Avenue, and he’s set to arrive in 2016.
Washington’s iconic Old Post Office building, located just five blocks away from the White House, is the latest addition to Trump’s expansive real estate empire.
“We're looking to do something really special,” Trump told “Politics Confidential” during an exclusive sneak peek as the building undergoes a $200 million transformation from a largely vacant old post office to a luxury Trump International Hotel . When complete, it will boast a 5,000-square-foot presidential suite and a luxury ballroom that can seat up to 1,000 people.
“Washington has nothing like what we're going to build; it'll be open in July 2016, if not sooner, so in time for your wonderful ride down Pennsylvania Avenue,” he said in reference to the next presidential inaugural parade set for January of 2017.
It may not be the White House, but in terms of “pure real estate,” Trump said, his new address at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue may be even better than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, because it’s located halfway between the White House and the Capitol building.
“This may be better, because it's between the both,” Trump said. “This is where everyone should meet, you know, they should come from the White House and from Congress, they should meet right here and make their deals, because that's what has to happen.”
But don’t think that means Trump is taking his sights off the White House down the road. He said he’s seriously considering mounting a presidential bid in 2016.
“Look, I have great popularity, the polls all show great, great numbers,” Trump said. “I am looking at it very, very seriously. And If I decide to do it, I will do it.”
As for Jeb Bush, who announced Tuesday that he will “actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States,” Trump said that’s the “last thing we need.”
“The last thing we need right now is another Bush,” Trump, 68, said. “I'm a Republican. The last thing we need right now is another Bush.”
Bush isn’t the only Republican 2016 hopeful whose qualifications Trump questions. He said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz should be ruled out right away because he was born in Canada (though he was a U.S. citizen at birth).
“He’s a friend of mine. I think he's a really nice guy. I've gotten to know him a little bit, but I think, if he's born in Canada it's a problem; no question about it,” Trump said of Cruz. “If you're not born in this country, you can't be president.”
To get a sneak peek at what Trump’s new hotel will look like, and to hear what he has to say about whether Washington, D.C., should be allowed to legalize marijuana, check out this episode of “Politics Confidential.”
ABC News’ Ali Dukakis, Kari Rea, Gary Westphalen, and Wayne Boyd contributed to this episode.