Donald Trump gave one of his latest signal about running for president again in 2024, saying it would be ‘very hard’ for him not to run again.
The former president spoke with podcast hosts Clay Travis and Buck Sexton on Friday, telling them he had already made a decision, but would not say when he would announce it, Mediate reported.
‘Knowing what you know and seeing what you see of Joe Biden, how do you not run in 2024?’ Travis asked Trump.
‘Very hard for me not to run, to be honest,’ Trump replied. ‘And also, the polls indicate that, from the Republican standpoint, it would be easy.’
Earlier this month, Trump told New York Magazine that he had already made up his mind about a run, and that the question he was now mulling was whether he’d pull the trigger before or after the November midterm elections.
The former president spoke on the podcast Friday from his Bedminster golf club, where he is controversially hosting a Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament
Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Arizona earlier this month, where he strongly suggested that he plans to run for president in 2024. On a podcast Friday, he again hinted at the run
The podcast episode on Friday covered many topics, but kept circling back to Trump’s decision about 2024.
‘There are some things we just have to ask you, Mr. President, ‘ Sexton asked. ‘If you’re gonna announce, when are you gonna announce? Can you tell us that?’
Trump said it all comes down to: ‘Is it before or after?’
‘Well, if I’m gonna announce, I’ll have to make a decision, is it going to be…? You know, two words: Is it before or after? And there are reasons for both. Some very good things about earlier. There’s some very good things about later.
The way I look at it is if I announce early and we do well, I’ll get credit for having done well — as much as you’ll get ’cause the press won’t give you credit anyway. If I do poorly, I’ll get absolutely… It’ll be horrible. But if I announce later and we do well, I won’t get any criticized.’
‘In fact, if I announce later and we don’t do well, whether it’s before or after, they’ll blame me. In other words, if we do badly, they’ll blame me no matter what even if I had nothing to do with it. So I don’t know. I will make a decision.’
Some Republican strategists fear that if Trump throws his hat in the ring before the midterms, it could upset the GOP’s chances of winning back majorities in the House and the Senate.
‘I’ll make a decision fairly soon,’ Trump said. ‘And my… I must tell you — and I think I can say this — in my mind, I’ve already made the decision.’
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The former president spoke on the podcast Friday from his Bedminster golf club, where he is controversially hosting a Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament.
Some athletes refuse to take part in protest against Saudi Arabia’s track record of human rights abuses, and the event has been eviscerated by the families of 9/11 victims, in light of a recently declassified government report which suggests there were links between the terrorists involved in the attack and the Saudi Arabian government.
On Saturday, many of those families gathered at the local library near Trump’s club in order to protest.
They couldn’t get near the actual event – which was swarming with Secret Service.
Despite their tears, the atmosphere at Bedminster was jovial. Trump was spotted driving around on a golf buggy, waving to his fans and cracking jokes with the pros taking part.
Donald Trump plays host at his Bedminster golf club on Friday, driving around in a golf cart that was emblazoned with a presidential seal, waving to his fans and shrugging off the controversy surrounding the ‘gold rush’ weekend with the Saudis
Trump was in a jovial mood as he emerged at Bedminster for another day of action. He said he was only too happy to host the Saudi event after being dumped by the ‘disloyal’ PGA
50 miles away, the families of 9/11 victims fought tears as shared their rage at Trump embracing the Saudis in light of suggested evidence that the terrorists behind the attack were in some way supported by the Saudi government
Yesterday, Trump defended hosting the series, telling reporters at the course: ‘I’ve known these people for a long time in Saudi Arabia and they have been friends of mine.
As for 9/11, he said: ‘Nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11, unfortunately. And they should have. As to the maniacs that did that horrible thing to our city, to our country, to the world, so nobody’s really been there.’
Later, as he headed off the first tee, Trump even hinted that he would run for the White House once more.
‘You’re going to be so happy. We’ll let you know pretty soon,’ he said before asking where the reporter was from. ‘They just did a story on me, beautiful,’ he said. ‘The first one in five years. Front page, tell them I appreciate it.’