KEY POINTS

  • Trump said he misses helping people as the US president
  • He also revealed plans for a 2024 president bid
  • Former aides expressed frustration over Trump's hesitancy to encourage Republicans to get a COVID-19 vaccine

Former President Donald Trump on Monday appeared on Fox News' “Hannity” where he shared what he misses about being the commander-in-chief and spoke about a possible 2024 presidential bid.

In the exclusive, hour-long interview, Sean Hannity asked Trump what he misses most about being president.

"I miss the most, helping people. That’s why I did it," Trump said

“Look, this has been very traumatic. I had a great life, great company, great business, no problems and now all I do is, people go after you. It's vicious, it's horrible but you know what? I loved doing it because I helped people. And I've helped them more than any president,” he continued. 

During the interview, the former president revealed that he is considering a 2024 presidential bid, but only if the Republican Party can get the “right people.”  He said he was open to campaigning for Republican candidates in the 2022 midterm elections. 

"It's very important that we get the right people. That means in the Senate, that means in the House," Trump said. “If they need a rally, we'll do a rally, we'll do calls, we'll do all sorts of things. Almost everybody I endorse wins.”

Trump’s interview with Hannity -- Trump's first on-camera interview since leaving the White House in January -- comes after former advisers expressed their frustration about the former president’s “unwillingness” to encourage Republican voters to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

"If he spent the last 90 days being the voice — and taking credit because he deserved to for the vaccine — and helping get as many Americans get vaccinated as he could, he would be remembered for that,” a former senior administration official told Politico

The former aide also revealed that health officials and medical experts pushed Trump to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on camera and take the role of the “vaccine’s salesman-in-chief” to sway vaccine skeptics and help the country achieve herd immunity. 

“Honestly, I think if he was out on the road and celebrating his accomplishments and trying to get people vaccinated he wouldn’t have been in the mindset that led to [the Capitol insurrection on] January 6,” the former official added. 

Various polls, including a survey from Monmouth University, found that one in five American adults who were white evangelicals or Republicans were hesitant about getting a coronavirus vaccine.  

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