An insider says Donald Trump has made up his mind about a 2024 campaign for the White House — and supporters of the former president will likely be celebrating the news.
Sean Spicer, who served as White House press secretary in the early days of Trump’s administration, claimed in a recent interview that when it comes to a 2024 presidential bid, Trump is “in.”
Spicer spoke with the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard to promote his upcoming book, Radical Nation: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s Dangerous Plan for America, which is reportedly already a bestseller on Amazon even ahead of its release.
In or out?
During the interview, the former Trump spokesman declared in no uncertain terms that his ex-boss is looking to make a return to the Oval Office. “He’s in,” Spicer claimed, according to Bedard.
The former press secretary also revealed that it wasn’t a given that Trump would be looking to return to the White House.
“A couple of months ago I wasn’t sure,” Spicer reportedly said of his former boss. “Now…there needs to be something that will keep him out.”
The head of the ticket?
Spicer’s prediction follows recent headline-making remarks from Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who said the ex-president has been meeting with his “Cabinet members” at his New Jersey golf club to discuss “what does come next,” both in the 2022 midterms and beyond.
“I’m not authorized to speak on behalf of the president, but I can tell you this, Steve: We wouldn’t be meeting tonight if we weren’t making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket,” Meadows said, according to a separate report from the Examiner.
Meadows also reportedly said Trump is “fully engaged, highly focused, and remaining on task.”
Not only is Trump apparently gearing up mentally for a 2024 presidential bid, but he’s also preparing financially — and he’s already made huge strides in that regard. A recent report from Newsmax revealed that he’s amassed more campaign funds than any ex-president in U.S. history, at $82 million in just the first half of 2021, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.
Altogether, Trump is currently said to be sitting on a $102 million war chest, some of which will no doubt go to helping Republicans take back control of the House and Senate in 2022.
The rest would certainly allow him to make his mark on the 2024 field if he does throw his hat in the ring once again. All that’s missing now is an announcement from the former president himself. But with “antiquated” campaign finance rules said to be getting in the way, it could still be months before we get the official word.