Former President Trump is being told by advisors to hold off on announcing a potential 2024 bid for the White House, according to the Washington Post.

Some of his advisors are concerned that an announcement prior to the 2022 midterm elections may hurt the party’s chances of taking back the House or Senate and boost turnout among the Democratic base.

 

 

“The biggest point we drove home was that he doesn’t want to own the midterms if we don’t win back the House or Senate,” said one person familiar with the conversations.

Since losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, Trump has done a number of rallies that hinted to plans for another run. In an interview in July with Fox News, Trump told host Sean Hannity that he had made up his mind on whether he would seek his party’s nomination once again. 

An informal poll of his 13 current advisors in recent days showed 10 of them believed he will run again, 2 believe Trump’s actions are a publicity stunt, and one is not sure what Trump plans to do. 

There are other potential frontrunners for the Republican nomination. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence are considered top contenders in what is likely to be a crowded field. Pence is looking to raise $18 million through his advocacy group Advancing American Freedom. DeSantis has not yet indicated if he would run, but Trump recently said he would beat DeSantis like he beat everyone else.

Trump has consistently told people “I’m running,” and is “committed to saving America from the disastrous leadership of the communist Democrats,” according to Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich.

Trump has teased another run at the White House multiple times since losing the election. The first time came when Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said he would seek another White House bid just days after losing the election to Biden in November 2020. Trump later teased a run in March during a speech at CPAC where he said "I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over." 

In April, Trump told Fox News he was looking at another run. In a September interview with Fox News, Trump had slammed Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, and hinted at another run: “I don’t think we’re gonna have a choice.” He referred to Biden as “incompetent.”

If Trump were to successfully win another presidential election, he would be the first president since Grover Cleveland to serve two non-consecutive terms.