SARASOTA, Fla. (WTSP) -- The Sarasota GOP named real estate mogul Donald Trump Statesman of the Year.
Trump received the honor during an awards ceremony and dinner Sunday night at the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton.
More than 1,000 tickets were sold for the event, the largest ever for a ticketed function for the Sarasota GOP.
During a one-on-one interview with 10 News, Trump talked about receiving the award. "Statesman to me, a big part of it is truth. I speak the truth. I tell people what's going on with the world and how this country is being taken advantage of. And it's really an honor," he said.
You may remember his controversial comments questioning President Barack Obama's birth certificate. Trump said it remains an issue for not only himself, but others.
"You look at polls. Many, many people, they have very serious questions about it. And I think those questions should be answered by President Obama much better than they've been answered," said Trump.
Trump believes Mitt Romney will make a great president and is standing firming behind the Romney-Ryan ticket. He said the U.S. has become a laughing stock throughout the world and we need a change.
"Before we can straighten out things we have to become a rich nation again. If we're not going to become a rich nation, we're not going to be taking care of Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and all of the things we have to save and we have to take care of," added Trump.
According to Trump, Republicans have to stop being nice, calling President Obama's tactics "nasty" and "vicious ."
"I don't think the Republicans should be or can be, they can't afford to be politically correct and nice. You have to fight fire with fire. And if they don't do it, they're not going to have a good result," said Trump.
Trump was supposed to play a role in the Republican National Convention Monday. However, since it was postponed until Tuesday, Trump said he will be heading back to New York, but may be back later in the week for the RNC.