(USA Features) White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain warned that President Joe Biden shouldn’t “underestimate” the chances that former President Donald Trump could retake the presidency in 2024.
“I wouldn’t want to estimate or underestimate Donald Trump as an opponent if he chooses to run,” Klain said on “Axios on HBO” in an interview that aired Sunday.
While both presidents would be judged by voters on their records, Klain went on to say that he believes Biden would be a strong candidate by the end of his first term.
“My experience…is that incumbent presidents are judged on their record,” he said.
“President Trump had a bad record in 2020. Joe Biden is hopefully assembling a powerful record to run on if he runs for reelection in 2024,” Klain continued.
Biden would be 82 if he does decide to run; Trump would be 78.
Trump has hinted several times that he is considering a third bid for the White House in what would be his second term if he won. He received nearly 75 million votes last fall, more than any previous Republican president. Biden, however, reportedly topped 80 million.
“I say this: I am looking at it very seriously, beyond seriously,” the former president told Fox News in April when he was asked about running again.
Meanwhile, his niece, Mary Trump, has suggested that the former president won’t run again, but that he is keeping open the option so he can raise money for GOP candidates.
Biden, too, has said he plans to run for a second term in 2024.