Ready for part two of the Trump Administration, or at least for his 2024 campaign to start? Well, get ready, because according to a new report, a Trump announcement could come as soon as the third week of this month.
Such is what CNN reported in a recent article, saying (emphasis ours):
Top aides to former President Donald Trump have discussed the third week of November as an ideal launch point for his 2024 presidential campaign if Republicans fare well in the midterm elections next week, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Two sources said Trump’s team has specifically discussed November 14 as one possible announcement date, which would come in the middle of an overseas trip to Asia that President Joe Biden has long been scheduled to make. Trump is unlikely to announce prior to that Monday, even if the GOP exceeds expectations on Election Night, to avoid overshadowing his daughter Tiffany’s November 12 wedding at Mar-a-Lago and because he does not want to share a news cycle with midterm results, sources said.
These sources also cautioned that no date has been locked in and Trump could push it back if control of the Senate remains undecided after Election Day or Republicans see underwhelming gains in their House races. While discussions about where Trump should launch his next White House bid have occurred, one person familiar with the matter said his team has not yet made a decision on a venue and is still toying with an announcement close to home in Palm Beach, Florida, where he has headquartered his political operation since leaving Washington, or in a Rust Belt battleground area like Ohio or Pennsylvania.
The Trump Team, for its part, refused to comment on the November announcement, saying it would not comment “on the never-ending speculation and rumors.”
Trump has been strongly hinting in his recent rallies that he will be running again. In his Thursday rally in Iowa, for example, Trump told the crowd to “get ready”, saying:
“I ran twice. I won twice, and did much better the second time than I did the first, getting millions more votes in 2020 than I got in 2016.
“And likewise, getting more votes than any sitting president in the history of our country by far.
“And now in order to make our country successful, and safe and glorious. I will very, very, very probably do it again.
“Very soon. Get ready.“
That echoed what he said at a rally in Texas in late October, when he told the crowed “I will probably have to do it again,” referring to running for the presidency, and when he told a Pennsylvania crowd “I may just have to do it again,” also in reference to a 2024 run.
Trump has been praised for not distracting people before midterms with a 2024 announcement, with Kellyanne Conway saying “I give him a ton of credit for not announcing this year [and] for not stepping in the way of the midterm candidates. I’m glad he didn’t do that. That was certainly my advice from the beginning.”
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