Real-estate mogul Donald Trump tells Newsmax.TV that Mitt Romney will “save Medicare” if elected to the White House while President Barack Obama will almost certainly assure its demise if he wins four more years.

Romney is “very tough, but he’s also got a tremendous heart. He’s going to save Medicare,” Trump said.

But under Obama, “I believe that Medicare is just going to dissolve,” declared Trump in an exclusive interview on what was to be the eve of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. “I don’t think it can make it.”

He charged that $716 billion has been “stolen from Medicare” to supplant and help Obamacare. “And I think Medicare is going to be a thing of the past if Obama wins,” he asserted.

Trump, who has been planning an “amazing” surprise in the opening moments of the Republican National Convention, was honored on Sunday with the Statesman of the Year Award from the Republican Party of Sarasota County, Fla.

While the billionaire host of the hit NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice,” declined to say exactly what the Aug. 27 surprise might be at the RNC, he has said that he won’t be endorsing the re-election effort of President Barack Obama, nor will the surprise be damaging to the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.