Trump again teases 2024 bid at CPAC, says ‘the time is coming’ for a formal announcement

Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly dropped hints that he intends to run for a second term in the White House in 2024, though he has yet to make any sort of formal announcement in that regard.

Trump did so yet again at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas this weekend and appeared to suggest that “the time is coming” soon for him to officially announce his plans for the next presidential cycle, Fox News reported.

Announcement coming in the “not too distant future”

The former president spoke with Fox News on the sidelines of the CPAC gathering in Dallas, Texas and, when asked when people could expect to hear a formal announcement on his 2024 plans, Trump said, “It’s certainly not a very long period, the time is coming.”

“I think people are going to be very happy, our country has never been in a position like this, we’ve lost everything,” he continued.

Trump noted that, under President Joe Biden, America was facing multiple crises on both the domestic and foreign fronts, and keyed in particularly on Biden’s disastrous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, which he suggested marred the American “prestige” on the global stage.

“Our country has never been at a worse point,” Trump said. “They gave away $85 billion worth of equipment, dead soldiers, you still have Americans over there probably as hostages, eventually will be hostages, there has never been a time like this.”

As for the timing of an announcement of whether or not he would make a bid to return to the White House to replace Biden and attempt to reverse course and mitigate the damage caused by his successor, the former president said, “We’ll be making an announcement in the not too distant future.”

Whether to announce before or after midterm elections

There has been quite a bit of speculation about when that presumable announcement of a 2024 run will come, fueled in large part by Trump’s own cryptic remarks, and it does seem like his decision will be revealed sooner rather than later.

In a mid-July interview with New York magazine’s Intelligencer, Trump strongly indicated that his choice had already been made and “I would say my big decision will be whether I go before or after” the midterm elections in November.

Around the same time as that interview, The Washington Post reported that rumors were swirling that Trump could actually announce his 2024 candidacy as soon as September, though some advisers are reportedly trying to hold an announcement back until after the midterms in order to not overshadow the congressional elections or draw attention away from the exceptionally poor job President Biden has done thus far.

Trump wins CPAC straw poll

Whenever it may be that Trump eventually makes his formal announcement on 2024, assuming he does indeed run, he will instantly be the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, as indicated by countless polls on a hypothetical 2024 GOP field.

As for the CPAC gathering in Texas this weekend, its straw poll of attendees showed that Trump was the top choice of 69 percent of those polled, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in a distant second place with 24 percent support. If, however, Trump decides not to run in 2024, DeSantis rockets to the forefront with 65 percent support to be the nominee.

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