There has been much speculation over the last several months on whether former President Donald Trump will run for the White House again. But there’s another possibility that’s received considerably less attention: that Trump actually has his sights set on a different elected office.
In a recent exclusive interview with Fox News, Trump appeared to signal openness to re-establishing himself as a resident of New York, in light of the fact that two of his biggest political enemies there — disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) — will soon both be out power.
The former president shifted his official residency to Florida in 2019, according to CBS News, ostensibly due to mistreatment from Cuomo and de Blasio — though also perhaps for tax purposes.
Again making himself an official resident again of New York, where he was born and raised, would make the former president eligible to announce a candidacy for either mayor of New York City or state governor, though nothing of that sort came up in his recent interview with Fox.
“It’s a great place”
Speaking with Fox, former President Trump described the forced resignation of Gov. Cuomo over sexual harassment allegations as a “shocking event,” in that he had viewed Cuomo as a “strong governor — strong meaning he had pretty good control.”
As for Mayor de Blasio — who will be term-limited out of office in the coming months — he “goes down as probably the worst mayor in the history of our country, and that’s saying something because we have some really bad mayors right now,” Trump said.
“But he goes down as the worst mayor in the history of our country,” he reiterated. “What he has done to New York is unthinkable.”
According to Fox, Trump also said de Blasio has sent many longtime New Yorkers packing. “I have so many people coming up to me saying they moved to Florida, Texas, Tennessee, from New York — to North Carolina, South Carolina,” he told the network. “He has been a horrible representative of this country and a horrible representative of New York.”
Trump went on to express his “hope” that incoming NYC Mayor Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, will “do good” for the city. As for whether he will soon move back to New York? “I don’t know,” Trump said. “Look, I have a good relationship with New York. I love New York, it’s a great place.”
Trump for New York?
The idea that Trump might consider running at some point to be New York’s governor or even mayor of New York City is not completely out of the blue; rather it’s something he has openly toyed with in the past.
Just two months ago, the Washington Examiner reported that Trump, while meeting with members of the NYPD, was asked if he’d run for mayor to address rising crime in the city. “Well, that’s an interesting question,” Trump reportedly replied. “I would love that. We could straighten it out. I’d say, ‘Fellas, good luck, go to town.’ They’d be announcing in one week, ‘There’s no crime in this city.'”
Furthermore, back in 2014, prior to revealing his presidential candidacy, the Associated Press reported that Trump had given serious thought to running against Gov. Cuomo, but ultimately declined after state Republicans failed to unify around his potential gubernatorial bid.