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Former Trump Spokesperson: It’s ‘50-50’ Trump Runs In 2024

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Topline

President Donald Trump has been teasing a 2024 month run for months, but on Friday his former spokesperson said there’s only a 50% chance he makes a bid for the White House again. 

Key Facts

Speaking to Times Radio, a podcast produced by the British newspaper the Sunday Times, former Trump spokesperson Jason Miller was asked whether he’s trying to convince Trump to run in 2024.

“I think it’s 50-50,” Miller responded, noting he’s spoken to Trump about running in 2024.

Crucial Quote

Asked to clarify his comments, Miller told Forbes, “100% I hope he does [run], but I could see him going either way, yes.”

Key Background

Trump, 75, has yet to announce whether he’s running in 2024, but he’s hinted at it several times. In April, he said he’s “very seriously, beyond seriously” considering running for president in 2024. Last month, Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Trump whether he’s made a decision about running in 2024 during a town hall television event. Trump responded “yes,” without elaborating further, as the crowd cheered.In June, Trump began to lay the groundwork for another run at the White House. He held his first rallies since leaving the White House in Ohio and Florida, and visited the border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). His team also sent out a flurry of Trump statements on topics ranging from Joe Biden’s handling of the economy to endorsements in local races. 

Tangent

On Thursday, Trump announced he was suing Twitter, Facebook and Google, as well as their CEOs, in a class action lawsuit, alleging the companies violated his First Amendment rights. Trump and the GOP immediately began fundraising off the announcement. 

What To Watch For 

Other candidates have begun to set themselves up for a run at the 2024 GOP nomination as the party awaits Trump’s decision. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has delivered speeches all across the country and recently topped the former president in a key straw poll. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this week he will speak at a South Carolina GOP fundraising event—a crucial primary state—and recently launched a political fundraising group. Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) have been floated as possible 2024 GOP candidates as well. 

Further Reading

Trump Looks Past Midterms To 2024 As He Preps For First Post-White House Rally (Forbes)