Former US President Donald Trump says he will “probably” wait until after the midterm elections next year to announce his decision whether he will run for president in the 2024 election.
“I am certainly thinking about it and we’ll see,” Trump told Fox News in an interview. “I think a lot of people will be very happy, frankly, with the decision, and probably will announce that after the midterms.”
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Trump, who lost to Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election after serving one term in the White House, said that timeline was “probably appropriate.”
The former president has frequently floated the idea of a comeback campaign since he left office in January. However, he stopped short of confirming whether he was already committed to one in his interview with Fox News.
“It doesn’t mean I will,” he said. “It’s probably appropriate, but a lot of people are waiting for that decision to be made.”
He claimed that “a lot of great people who are thinking about running are waiting for that decision because they’re not going to run if I run.”
Trump has remained in the political fray by endorsing Republican candidates in state elections and holding campaign-style rallies to keep his base of supporters energized.
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Recent opinion polls have depicted a gloomy landscape for Democrats as they gear up for the 2022 midterm elections.
A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday, found that Republicans maintain a clear lead on the congressional ballot over Democrats as Biden’s approval rating plunges to a new low of 38 percent.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans, 64 percent, say they do not want Biden to run for a second term in 2024, including a troubling 28 percent of Democrats. Opposition to Trump running for office again is at 58 percent, including 24 percent of Republicans.
Biden has proven a disappointment for many who voted him into office last year, with 16 percent of those surveyed saying he has done a worse job as president than they expected. Overall, 46 percent of Americans hold that view.
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More worrying for Biden, another new survey by the Emerson College has found that Trump would beat the incumbent by two points – 45 to 43 percent – if the election was held today.
Democratic strategists, however, say there is plenty of time for Biden to get back on track.
Following months of Democratic infighting over his agenda, President Biden finally scored a big win on Friday after his long-stalled $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan passed with bipartisan support in Congress.
The bill’s passage — combined with some positive news on the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic — could give Biden some momentum going into the midterms.