Trump 100% Thinking About Running In 2024, Might Tap DeSantis As VP
Former President Donald Trump made a more definite announcement about his plans for the 2024 election — telling a recent interview that he is “100%” considering a run in the next presidential election.
The former Republican chief executive also said he is “certainly” looking at tapping Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as his running mate.
“Are you thinking about running for again, Mr. President in 2024?” Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo asked Trump.
“Yes, 100%,” the 45th President of the United States quipped in response. “And the polls show that everybody wants me to do it.”
“So 100% I’m thinking about running.”
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) April 29, 2021
Prior to that, however, the former president told conservative commentator Dan Bongino that “right after” the midterm elections in 2020 is “probably the most appropriate time” to announce his decision on whether to throw his hat on the presidential race once more.
.@dbongino asks former President Donald Trump:
"Would you consider, if you were to run again, getting out really early, say after the midterm elections?"
Trump: "If I do that… I think probably the most appropriate time would be right after the '22 election." pic.twitter.com/9up1Btg5Nl
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 28, 2021
Trump’s ‘possible’ platform for 2024
During his interview with Bartiromo, former President Trump gave a glimpse of what his potential presidential platform would look like should he decide to run again for president in 2024.
He said he would likely focus on fixing the ongoing immigration crisis — triggered by the recent events at the border. Trump also said he will work to protect the Second Amendment, tax policy as well as renewed push for energy independence for the country, which he was able to do during his term.
“The border has to be brought back to where I had it,” the former president said.
He also noted how the country is going from “the biggest decrease to the biggest increase in history,” in terms of taxes during his administration — and now under Democratic President Joe Biden.
“It’s going to be a shock to all people, not rich people, all people.”
“Your gasoline prices, look what’s happening to them. They’re going up, through the roof in a short period of time. I had them down below $2 and we still had a strong energy industry,” he continued.
DeSantis to be Trump’s potential running mate
When asked about the chances of DeSantis being his potential running mate in the 2024 election, Trump said he would “certainly consider” the GOP Florida Governor.
“He is a friend of mine. Certainly, Ron would be considered,” former President Trump replied. “I endorsed Ron, and after I endorsed him, he took off like a rocket ship. He’s done a great job as governor.”
“They like that. I’m just saying what I read and you read. They love that ticket.”
Reports earlier surfaced that Trump’s relationship with his former vice president, Mike Pence, had gone sour following the Capitol Hill siege — but President Trump recently supported Pence’ new political advocacy group.
Trump’s remarks about DeSantis, however, came as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in late February had Trump named the most popular GOP presidential candidate for the 2024 election and was the favorite candidate to win the nomination for 2024 with 55% of the votes, followed by DeSantis at 21%, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (4%), and former US Ambassador Nikki Haley (3%).
The same CPAC poll found that if the former Republican president was not to run in the next presidential election, DeSantis will become the runaway winner within the party with 43%, Noem at 11%, Donald Trump Jr. at 8%, followed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with 7%, Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) at 7%, and 3% for Tucker Carlson, Josh Hawley, and former presidential daughter, Ivanka Trump.
Trump blasts Biden admin for Giuliani raid
Meanwhile, former President Trump also commented on the recent raid of Rudy Giuliani’s apartment in Manhattan by federal agents as he lamented on the “achievements” of President Biden in his first 100 days in the White House.
“Rudy Giuliani is a great patriot. He just loves this country, and they raid his apartment,” Trump said of the raid.
“It’s like so unfair and … it’s like a double standard like I don’t think anybody’s ever seen before,” he said of the current administration’s treatment of his former personal attorney. “It’s very, very unfair. Rudy is a patriot who loves this country.”
Trump continued: “I don’t know what they’re looking for or what they’re doing. They say it had to do with filings of various papers and lobbying files. Well, did Hunter [Biden] file? Did [President] Biden file? Because they did a lot of work with other countries. To the best of everyone’s knowledge, they didn’t file.”
“It’s a very, very unfair situation. It is so terrible when you see the things going on in our country with the corruption and the problems and then they go after Rudy Giuliani. It’s very sad, actually,” he added.
Cites violations done by Kerry over Iran issue
The former president also pointed out the allegations raised against former Secretary of State and now Biden’s climate czar, John Kerry, disclosing private intelligence to Iran about Israel being behind more than 200 attacks on Iranian interests.
“It is incredible because you bring up John Kerry and the horrible thing that he did and was doing for a period of time,” Trump noted.
He then ripped Democratic President Biden for “not addressing” the border crisis during his first speech before joint Congress — as illegal immigration takes center stage in national debates over the past months.
“He didn’t discuss the border and the fact that tens of thousands of people are pouring into our country, many of them criminals, many of them, people from jails, many of them doing acts that you don’t even want to know about,” Trump said.
“The wall is almost completed. It would have been completed if I didn’t get sued by Congress and the Democrats every single moment — and we beat those cases. And they just don’t want to finish it,” the former president argued.
Just earlier in April, former President Trump said he is “very seriously” considering running again in the next presidential election, although he noted that 2024 is still way too far to make any commitment.
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