The rumor mill is running rampant in the wake of recent comments from one of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies, Mark Meadows.
In an interview with Newsmax, the former White House chief of staff claimed that Trump had been meeting with “Cabinet members” to discuss, in Meadows’ words, “what comes next” for the former president both in 2022 and 2024.
According to Meadows, the meetings have been taking place at Trump’s New Jersey golf club over the last week.
“We met with several of our Cabinet members tonight,” Meadows said Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner. “We actually had a follow-up member — meeting with some of our Cabinet members, and as we were looking at that. We were looking at what does come next.”
“The head of that ticket”
Of course, the big question here is whether Trump will make another bid for the White House in just a few years’ time. Trump has yet to answer that question, and the reason for him not doing so — at least, according to the former president — is “antiquated” campaign finance rules.
“I can’t really because of campaign finance rules, regulations,” Trump said in a recent interview. “It’s very complicated, very stiff, and frankly very antiquated, if you want to know the truth.”
Nonetheless, Meadows seemed to pretty clearly indicate to Newsmax that Trump is planning on running for the presidency in 2024.
“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 the Examiner.
“An American movement”
Trump certainly seems positioned to do just that. In addition to remaining extremely popular with most Republicans, a new report reveals that Trump has raised more campaign funds — at $82 million — than any ex-president in history.
Speaking with Newsmax, Meadows said that Trump is “fully engaged, highly focused, and remaining on task” with regard to 2024, which is exactly what Republicans want to hear.
Meadows also revealed that Trump has been teaming up with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). The pair is said to be working on an agenda comparable to the 1990s-era “Contract with America.”
“I can tell you this: I have been working with Speaker Gingrich,” Meadows told Newsmax. “He’s been working with President Trump on exactly that, on an American movement.”