President Trump told some of his advisers that if President-elect Joe Biden is officially certified as the winner of the 2020 race, he could announce his plan to run for the White House in 2024 shortly after, the New York Times reports.
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“I’m just going to run in 2024. I’m just going to run again.”
— President Trump, quoted by the Washington Post, to senior administration officials.
New York Times “In the final weeks of Mr. Pence’s term, his relationship with President Trump is facing what may be the vice president’s toughest challenge yet. Mr. Pence must now balance his loyalty to an enraged president making baseless claims of voter fraud against his own political future and reputation. He also has to deal with how Mr. Trump’s talk of running for president again in 2024 could leave him with no lane to run in. It also makes it difficult for Mr. Pence to even start raising money if the president is floating his own name.”
“In reality, Mr. Pence’s allies expect him to return to Indiana and make a living giving paid speeches and potentially writing a book. It will be the first time in a long time that Mr. Pence will live as a private citizen — he moved from the governor’s mansion in Indiana to temporary housing in Washington during the presidential transition four years ago to the Naval Observatory. He currently does not own a house.”
President Trump has already told advisers he’s thinking about running for president again in 2024, Axios reports.
“This is the clearest indication yet that Trump understands he has lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden — even as the president continues to falsely insist that he is the true winner, that there has been election fraud and that his team will fight to the end in the courts.”
Some advisers have told Bloomberg they think Trump “will repeatedly tease a 2024 presidential bid during the next couple years as a way to aggravate the left, and as a way to stay in the news — even if he never actually runs.”
“President Donald Trump’s defeat has set off a flurry of activity as would-be successors start to position themselves for 2024 and a battle to lead a Trump-less Republican Party begins to take shape,” Politico reports.
“Likely Republican candidates are about to descend on Georgia to campaign in a pair of Senate runoffs that will determine control of the chamber. They’re taking to Fox News to defend Trump’s refusal to concede. The Republican National Committee is bracing for a possible fight over its chairmanship. And Donald Trump Jr. is aggressively staking out a role as a future GOP powerbroker.”
Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told the Irish Times that Donald Trump would “absolutely” run for president again in 2024 if he loses this election.
Said Mulvaney: “I would absolutely expect the president to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024.”
President Trump and aides have had discussions about mounting a comeback run in 2024 should he lose reelection to Joe Biden, an adviser tells CNN.
President Trump has privately signaled that he has no desire to leave the stage quietly in defeat, the Daily Beast reports.
“The president has talked with aides about potentially continuing rallies after the election… He has recently joked with others about running again in 2024 in the event he is a one-termer, and also to see media, Democrats, and RINO heads explode.”
“Even absent another presidential run, his top congressional and political allies and family members seem poised to inherit the movement that he has birthed.”
President Trump’s two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, both of whom have been deeply involved in their father’s reelection campaign, hinted at their own runs for president in 2024, as polls show their father heavily disfavored to win reelection, Forbes reports.
Don Jr. posted a photo of a “Don Jr. 2024” flag to instagram.
Eric liked a tweet reading “Eric Trump 2024,” a move some commentators recognized as roughly equivalent to his brother’s instagram post.
Steve Bannon told The Australian that if President Trump loses re-election in 2020, he’ll run again in 2024.
Said Bannon: “I’ll make this prediction right now: If for any reason the election is stolen from, or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he’s going to run for re-election in 2024. You’re not going to see the end of Donald Trump.”
“I don’t think we’re going to go back to a traditional convention… I don’t know how you go back to four days in one city now that the rest of the country has had a part of it. This new convention playbook is going to get another round in 2024. It’s too good to pass up.”
— Former DNC chairperson Donna Brazile, quoted by the New York Times, on the future of party conventions.
New York Times: “Since Mr. Trump plucked Mr. Pence from the governorship of Indiana to serve as socially conservative ballast on a thrice-married real estate mogul’s ticket, Mr. Pence has grown accustomed to performing such acrobatics, maneuvering around or dialing back in private what Mr. Trump bellows in public.”
“The cumulative effect of Mr. Pence’s conduct is to create around him a kind of artificial bubble of relative normalcy, in which the vice president avoids Mr. Trump’s most explosive and divisive behavior mostly by pretending it does not exist.”
Politico: “Nikki Haley has long been suspected of angling for a future White House run. So it wasn’t surprising when the former UN ambassador reached out to President Donald Trump recently to ask to speak during next week’s Republican National Convention.”
“The president agreed — and in recent weeks, he has remarked privately about the throng of potential 2024 aspirants who’ve made requests for coveted speaking slots. Trump’s reelection is up in the air, but Republicans with national aspirations are already maneuvering to be the GOP’s standard bearer in four years — an under-the-radar campaign that will burst into the open at the convention.”
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is lining up support to chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2022 midterms — “a plum post that would put him in close contact with top Republican donors and finance chairs around the country as he mulls a potential presidential run in 2024,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Scott has discussed the post with his Republican colleagues, who will vote on the next chair following the November election.”
“A group of Democrats want the party to make changes that could lead to a new presidential primary calendar and the elimination of caucuses after the messy Iowa caucus earlier this year,” Bloomberg reports.
James Hohmann: “Sen. Ted Cruz warned GOP colleagues and White House emissaries during a private lunch on Tuesday that conservative voters could revolt in November if Republicans spend too much on the next phase of coronavirus relief efforts. After voting for $3 trillion in new spending and revenue reductions to combat the contagion and its economic consequences, some lawmakers are saying they cannot support a new package if its price tag exceeds $1 trillion. Cruz asked Senate Republicans, ‘What in the hell are we doing?'”
“Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Cotton suggested at the lunch that the GOP needs to be willing to keep racking up debt to maintain power. He argued that the full conference needs to focus on protecting their most vulnerable members. Cotton postulated that Democrats would spend more money if they win the Senate majority in November and, therefore, it is cheaper in the long run to allow the size of the spending package to grow with more goodies to benefit incumbents who are up for reelection.”
“Cruz and Cotton are among the small clique of ambitious Republican senators in their 40s who have been laying the groundwork to run for president in 2024, along with Sens. Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley. The dueling stances Cruz and Cotton staked out behind closed doors offer an early taste of the ideological battles we can expect as Republicans increasingly vie to take the torch from President Trump.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Iowa on Friday, following months of speculation over his possible future political aspirations, The Hill reports.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) tells The Hill he may run for president in 2024.
Said Christie: “I feel like there are a lot of atmospheric things that happened in the lead up to the 2016 race, especially the Bridgegate matter which now has been dismissed by the United States Supreme Court in a 9-0 vote that there was no crime committed there. And yet the media and others convicted people before they even had a trial, and it materially affected my ability to run for president.”
He added: “Now that we’ve had that cleared away and it’s no longer a controversy, you know, from my perspective, maybe 2024 is time to try to go after that job again.”