The former US president is reportedly considering announcing a re-election bid this month.
Former US President Donald Trump is considering whether to announce his 2024 presidential bid early, even before the November midterm elections, the New York Post reported on Saturday, citing sources. Other media reports have suggested it could happen as soon as this month.
According to a person close to Trump, speaking to NYP, “there are discussions about an early release”outlining some plans in this regard. “There are no details, but people are preparing,” added the middle source. “They are laying the groundwork.”
СNN and the New York Times reported that the announcement could come this month. Trump apparently surprised his aides by saying that he could reveal his plans to run for office on social media, without warning, according to the Times report.
The former president is likely to confirm his re-election bid from Florida, home to Governor Ron DeSantis, another potential candidate and possible Trump’s main Republican rival, The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday, citing sources.
Although many Republicans are said to welcome Trump’s potential re-election, there are fears that such an announcement will divert attention from the midterm elections scheduled for November, or even constitute “a direct threat to democracy” The New York Times report suggested Friday.
US President Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic rival in the last election, confirmed his plan to enter the 2024 presidential race last year. However, some Democrats have questioned whether he should run for office a second time. According to a New York Times report last month, party officials are frustrated by the incumbent’s struggle to deliver on his agenda.
Trump has repeatedly dropped hints about his plans for 2024. In late January, speaking with a Rally “Save America” in Texas, indicated that “We are going to take back that beautiful, beautiful house that happens to be white… We are going to take back the White House.”
Trump’s prospects for a second run for president are bolstered by his early lead over Biden in a hypothetical 2024 matchup, according to a recent Emerson College poll. The poll, taken in late June, put support for the 45th president at 44%, with Biden trailing at 39%. By the time of the next election, Trump will be 78 years old and Biden will be almost 82.
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