Donald Trump has confirmed he will run for president a second time in 2024, before he’s even stepped down as current leader.
Donald Trump has confirmed that he plans to run for president again in 2024.
His comments came at the White House Christmas party on Tuesday, as he told the crowd: “I’ll see you in four years.”
“It’s been an amazing four years. We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years,” Mr Trump told the crowd, made up of members mostly from the Republican National Committee.
Video at the Tuesday event was live streamed by former Oklahoma Republican Party Chair Pam Pollard, the Associated Press reported.
Dozens were seen crowded together, with little social distance – and many did not wear masks.
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Mr Trump has continued to make baseless election fraud claims, saying: “It’s certainly an unusual year. We won an election. But they don’t like that.”
“I call it a rigged election, and I always will,” he added.
Mr Trump’s comment came after predictions from Hillary Clinton and others that he would run for a second term in 2024.
Sources told NBC news earlier Tuesday Mr Trump may announce a 2024 run on President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration day, on January 20, 2021.
The sources also told NBC that he would also not attend Mr Biden’s swearing-in ceremony and had no plans to speak with the President-elect.
Mr Trump and his campaign have made repeated unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud, as they insist he won the 2020 election.
Despite the claims, elections officials and the DOJ have maintained there has been no evidence of fraud that would alter the outcome of the election.
Mr Trump’s ex-chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in early November that if he did not win a second term in 2020, Mr Trump would run again in 2024.
Mrs Clinton – who lost the 2016 election to Mr Trump – spoke with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s Armchair Expert Podcast on Monday and told them she predicts Mr Trump will run again in four years.
“Trump’s not going away,” Mrs Clinton said.
“He may finally have to leave the White House, but he’s going to turn around the next day and say he’s running for president again.”
She continued, saying Mr Trump is “going to be out there, he’s going to have rallies, because it’s like lifeblood to him. He’s probably going to be owning some kind of media outlet where he’s going to be peddling his stuff everyday.”
As speculation swirled over whether Mr Trump would run again in four years, his estranged niece, Mary Trump, told The Dean Obeidallah Show she doesn’t think her uncle “can run a campaign from prison.
“I honestly think that’s a face-saving ploy. It’s so absurd that he actually thinks he’s gonna be able to run a campaign from prison,” she said when asked if her uncle would run in four years.
“Maybe he could. I don’t know.”
Speaking of her uncle’s health, she then added: “He has a horrible diet, he doesn’t sleep, he’s addicted to caffeine, he doesn’t exercise, and he’s like well on his way to decompensating.”
“There’s no way he will be an intact human being in four years.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission