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Trump Says He ‘Already Made That Decision’ About Running For President In 2024

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Former President Donald Trump on Friday once again was coy when asked whether he planned another White House bid in 2024.

In an interview with talk radio hosts Clay Travis and Buck Sexton, the 45th president indicated that he’s already made up his mind, though he again did not announce anything official.

“Knowing what you know and seeing what you see of Joe Biden, how do you not run in 2024?” Travis said.

“Very hard for me not to run, to be honest,” Trump responded. “And also, the polls indicate that, from the Republican standpoint, it would be easy.”

“There are some things we just have to ask you, Mr. President. If you’re gonna announce, when are you gonna announce? Can you tell us that?” Sexton said.

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Trump said it all comes down to “before or after” — likely a reference to the 2022 midterm elections.

The remarks make it seem as though Trump is definitely planning a third run for what would be his second and final term if he won.

“Well, if I’m gonna announce, I’ll have to make a decision, is it going to be…? You know, two words: Is it before or after? And there are reasons for both. Some very good things about earlier. There’s some very good things about later. The way I look at it is if I announce early and we do well, I’ll get credit for having done well — as much as you’ll get ’cause the press won’t give you credit anyway. If I do poorly, I’ll get absolutely… It’ll be horrible. But if I announce later and we do well, I won’t get any criticized,” he said.

“In fact, if I announce later and we don’t do well, whether it’s before or after, they’ll blame me. In other words, if we do badly, they’ll blame me no matter what even if I had nothing to do with it. So I don’t know. I will make a decision,” the president said.

“I’ll make a decision fairly soon,” he said. “And my… I must tell you — and I think I can say this — in my mind, I’ve already made the decision.”

The question then would turn to who a potential running mate would be, considering Trump is seen as a shoo-in to win the GOP nomination if he jumps back in.

There have been a number of names bandied about but insiders believe his running mate most likely will be a woman. And recently, CNN reported that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the No. 3 Republican in the House as head of the Republican Conference, is an early favorite of the former president:

While talk about a 2024 vice-presidential pick is of course premature, conversations about adding Stefanik to a future Trump ticket have gained steam in recent weeks at Mar-a-Lago and in other Republican circles, sources said. Current and former advisers and others in Trump’s orbit have privately argued that the New York Republican, who replaced Rep. Liz Cheney as the no. 3 House Republican last year, is a fierce and loyal attack dog, and Trump would benefit from tapping a woman for vice president should he run again.

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Two people familiar with the matter said Trump has been surveying close friends and allies on what they think of Stefanik, one of several Republican women he is possibly eyeing for the potential VP slot, though he has not ruled out a few male contenders, too. One of these people said the former President believes Stefanik has undergone a genuine transformation – leaving the moderate wing of the party to join its increasingly powerful “America First” flank.

“There is a part of Trump who thinks he needs a female VP. He definitely likes her, likely because of how effusive she is to him,” said one adviser to the former president.

“President Trump thinks very highly of Elise Stefanik. … She has been talked about in circles close to him as a potential vice president,” Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media and a longtime friend of the former president, added. “And there’s a feeling among a lot of people on the Republican side that they need to have a woman on the ticket this time.”

As for when Trump would announce, reports earlier this month indicated that he was leaning towards making it official before the November midterms.

“If Trump is going to run, the sooner he gets in and talks about winning the next election, the better,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told the Washington Post after recently playing a round of golf with Trump at his New Jersey resort. “It will refocus his attention — less grievance, more about the future.”

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