KEY POINTS

  • The former president again claimed that the 2020 election was "rigged"
  • Asked whether he had plans to run in 2024, Trump said many Americans would be “happy”
  • Trump called Biden an "incompetent leader" and his administration "divisive"

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday predicted the destruction of the United States before the 2024 election while also teasing another presidential bid. 

During a Newsmax interview with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Trump predicted that there won’t be anything left of the U.S. before the voting season in 2022 and 2024, noting that the country went “downhill” since President Joe Biden took over.

“Our country has gone really downhill in the last eight months like nobody’s ever seen before,” Trump said. “You go to these elections coming up in ’22 and ’24 — we’re not going to have a country left.”

“The election was rigged, and we’re not going to have a country left in three years, I’ll tell you that,” he added. 

Shortly before the interview ended, Spicer asked Trump whether he had plans to run in 2024 despite his prediction. While the former president refused to give a direct answer, he teased that Spicer and many Americans would be “happy.”

"I will probably not comment on that, but I think you and a lot of other people that love our country are going to be very happy,” Trump teased.

Trump’s comments in the NewsMax interview echoes remarks he made during an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, where he said there was “no choice” but for him to make a 2024 presidential bid again following the recent events in Afghanistan. 

"I don't think we're going to have a choice," Trump told Fox News. "When you look at Afghanistan and what happened, and the death for no reason, just for no reason. It is getting to a point where we really have no choice."

During the interview, the former president also slammed Biden, calling him “incompetent” and his administration “divisive.”

It is unclear when Trump plans to make a formal announcement on his plans for 2024. However, a new poll released Sunday found that 37% of 2,100 Republican and Republican-leaning independents who participated in the study said they did not want Trump as the leader of the GOP. 

The poll also found that 49% of Republicans believe that a different candidate was more likely to win the 2024 presidential race than Trump.

A new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa says the Pentagon's top general was worried about Donald Trump's sanity after losing the presidential election. A new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa says the Pentagon's top general was worried about Donald Trump's sanity after losing the presidential election. Photo: AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA