Speculation is rife that President Donald Trump will be running in 2024 to reclaim his seat in the White House, but his former attorney does not think it will happen. 

Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime attorney at the Trump Organization, was recently released from three years of home confinement and hit the airwaves to say he disagrees with the notion that Trump will run again. 

“Donald will not run,” Cohen told CNN. “Why? Because first of all, he has an incredibly fragile ego.”

Trump has not confirmed that he will mount a presidential bid in 2024, but advisers say that he is waiting to see how the 2022 midterm elections play out before announcing a bid. Other Republican candidates have been on the fence about running over fears of facing Trump in their party’s primary, and it's been reported that the ex-president is keeping tabs on former allies who could become rivals for the White House. 

Within the Republican Party, Trump remains the single most popular politician with an 84% favorability rating and he has also pulled ahead of President Joe Biden in some polls. However, his ratings are significantly lower among total registered voters with only 41% favorability versus 56%, according to a Morning Consult poll from September.

Cohen was convicted on charges of lying to Congress in 2017 about negotiations between the Trump Organization, tax evasion and Russia and for paying hush money to a porn star who had an affair with Trump in 2016. 

Now having fallen from favor in Trump’s orbit, Cohen believes that the former president may not have the stomach for a run if he thinks there is a chance he will lose. 

"He lost by nine million votes the first time," said Cohen, misquoting the actual margin of seven million votes that threw the 2020 election to Biden. "He will lose by more than nine million the second and his fragile ego cannot stand to be considered a two-time loser.”

The ex-Trump attorney believes that instead, Trump will continue to raise money off of supporters by peddling the claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. Trump, he says, will "drag this thing on all the way to the end" as he did in 2011 when there was an expectation that he may run against President Barack Obama. 

Michael Cohen, Trump's disgraced former personal lawyer, has written a tell-all book Michael Cohen, Trump's disgraced former personal lawyer, has written a tell-all book Photo: AFP / COREY SIPKIN