Former President Donald Trump has often teased another presidential run in 2024 since leaving office, but he has yet to make it official.
Friends and advisers who are closest to him have said on several occasions that he was waiting to see how the Republican Party performed during the 2022 midterm elections and that if the GOP managed a good showing, taking back the House and perhaps even the Senate, he would announce then.
But, according to a Tuesday report, the former president may be ready to make it official much sooner, according to NBC News: On Independence Day, July 4.
Jason Miller, the CEO of GETTR and a one-time top Trump White House aide, explained why an early announcement could be advantageous for the former president.
“I’ve laid out my case on why I think he should do it,” Miller told NBC. “I think that there being clarity about what his intentions are [is important] so he can start building that operation while it’s still fresh in people’s minds and they’re still active — a lot of that can be converted into 2024 action.”
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Another anonymous Trump advisor said that while they don’t agree with an early announcement, it may come “sooner rather than later.”
Two people described by NBC as “in Trump’s orbit” told the outlet that July 4 has been identified as a possible date. Miller told NBC it’s “not true” that Independence Day has been circled as a hold date.
A statement to NBC from Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich did not address the timing of an announcement.
“America was strong, prosperous and greatly respected under President Trump, and that’s why he continues to have unprecedented strength through his endorsement record and the demand for his leadership has never been higher,” Budowich said in a statement.
One question is “whether he can sort of suppress his excitement about a 2024 rematch and not, say, go ahead and put that statement out … and waits for a big event, a big speech to do it,” a second adviser told NBC News. “A betting person says he’s doing it, and he also wants to crowd out the rest of the field.”