Former President Donald Trump, this past week, made his latest statement on whether he will run for the presidency again in 2024.
During an interview Thursday on the Fox News Channel, Trump told host Greg Gutfeld that he will make his 2024 decision “in the not too distant future,” adding that “you’ll be very happy” with it.
“I think you’ll be very happy,” Trump said. “I’ll make a decision in the not too distant future, but I love our country.”
The response that Trump gave Gutfeld was similar to the one he gave to Fox’s Sean Hannity back in mid-August. When asked whether he is considering running again, Trump didn’t directly respond, but said, “you’re going to be happy because I love this country and I hate to see what’s happening to it.”
From this, of course, one could probably infer that Trump plans on running again. But, as of yet, Trump has yet to make his 2024 announcement, and he explained to Hannity why.
“So, because the campaign finance laws are extremely complicated and unbelievably stupid, I’m actually not allowed to answer that question,” Trump said, adding, “it makes it very difficult if I do.”
“Between 99 and 100 percent”
Campaign finance laws may be holding Trump back from making that 2024 announcement, but not the people around him. One of the latest comments came from Jason Miller, the former White House advisor and one of Trump’s closest current advisors. Miller recently said that the likelihood of Trump running for the presidency in 2024 “is somewhere between 99 and 100%.”
“I think he’s definitely running in 2024,” Miller said. “I had a good conversation with him last night. I’m going to go see him in a couple days here. He hasn’t said the magical words to me, but if you talk to him for a few minutes it’s pretty clear that he’s running.”
Similarly, in early August, Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff, revealed that Trump had been meeting with his “Cabinet members” to discuss “what does come next,” both in terms of 2022 and 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.
All signs would suggest its a “go”
On top of these statements from Trump and those around him, all one has to do is look at Trump’s actions to determine whether he plans on running for the presidency again. Recently, for example, he has announced rallies in Iowa, the first presidential primary state, and he has been speaking out publicly about the problems of the Biden administration.
Trump is already playing the part of a presidential candidate. Unfortunately, though, it appears that the official 2024 announcement will likely not be made by Trump until after the 2022 midterm elections.