Despite the fact that he left office last week, former President Donald Trump remains a prominent news figure — primarily due to an impending U.S. Senate impeachment trial.
Many Democrats and even some Republicans want to see Trump convicted to prevent him from launching a possible future White House bid. If recent comments by one insider are accurate, those fears appear to be justified.
“He does want to run again”
According to the Washington Examiner, former U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell says another presidential campaign is very much on Trump’s mind.
“He’s told me personally, multiple times, that he does want to run again,” the close Trump ally said during a Newsmax TV appearance on Sunday.
Grenell made it clear, however, that there are no guarantees the former president will mount such an effort.
“We’ll do something, but not just yet”
Trump himself referenced the issue on Friday, telling the Examiner that he still has a “long way to go” before confirming any plans. “We’ll do something, but not just yet,” he hinted.
In a related assertion, Grenell poured cold water on reports suggesting that Trump could mount a third-party bid under a banner the former president has yet to create.
“No, we should not start the Patriot Party,” the former ambassador said. “We should work very hard on the Republican Party. Clearly, Donald Trump is a Republican and should run again as a Republican.”
Meanwhile, Fox News reported on Monday that Trump announced the creation of his Office of the Former President in furtherance of his post-White House ambitions.
“A champion for the American people”
A statement from the fledgling office confirmed that it will “advance the interests of the United States” while carrying out “the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism.”
The public announcement concluded by declaring that the former president “will always and forever be a champion for the American people.”
If Trump were to be elected in 2024, he would be only the second president in U.S. history to serve two non-consecutive terms. The first was Grover Cleveland, who was elected in 1892 after losing a re-election campaign four years earlier.