When veteran Rush Limbaugh died earlier this year after a battle with cancer, he left a huge void among conservative radio hosts.
This week, right-wing pundit Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, made his debut in Limbaugh’s vacant time slot — and he kicked it off with an interview during which former President Donald Trump hinted at his future political ambitions.
“We are going to make you very happy”
According to the Washington Examiner, Bongino welcomed Trump for an on-air interview that touched on a number of important topics.
The host pointed out that many Americans are “dying to hear” whether Trump has any plans to seek a second term in the White House ahead of the 2024 presidential election. While the former president made no firm commitments, he predicted that his supporters would be pleased with his ultimate decision.
“Well, I’ll tell you what,” Trump told Bongino. “We are going to make you very happy, and we’re going to do what’s right.”
He touted his own accomplishments over the past four years, declaring that his administration did “a great job for the country, rebuilt our military, and had the greatest economy ever twice.”
After “the world collapsed” during his first term, he said that his White House “built it again, with the stock market higher than it was even the first time.”
“I don’t want to hurt their dreams”
As for throwing his hat in the ring for a third straight White House bid, he said that he is “looking at it very seriously” and would announce a decision at the appropriate time.
The wide-ranging interview hit on less political topics, including the release of military footage apparently showing evidence of unidentified flying objects.
“I’m sort of a believer in what you see,” Trump said. “I guess maybe I’m not such a believer, but some people are. … I don’t want to hurt their dreams or their fears.”
He also touched on the waning COVID-19 pandemic, celebrating his administration’s decision to limit travel to and from China in the early days of the public health crisis.
As for the forecasts of health experts, Trump asserted that the U.S. was able to avoid the worst-case scenario, adding: “The prediction was 2.2 million people in our country would die. But the big thing we did with the vaccine and also buying, you know, millions of dollars of vaccines before we really knew it worked.”