It is expected but not confirmed that the former president will be announcing his intent to run for president again in 2024.
Trump announced during a rally last Monday that he would be making a statement next week, but whether it would finally happen seemed up in the air after his GOP aides implored him to put off the announcement until after the Georgia senate seat runoff.
The Georgia runoff is scheduled for December 6, and has the potential to decide the fate of the majority in the senate.
Finalized plans for the announcement come as the president began ramping up attacks on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who decidedly won his re-election bid on Tuesday and has been predicted to be a GOP rival to Trump in 2024.
Trump announced during a rally last Monday that he would be making a statement this Tuesday
Both Trump’s former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and his former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the midterms had left Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a much better position than the former president
Former Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who now works for Fox News, advised on air that Trump should hold off on an announcement until after the Georgia Senate runoff.
‘I know there’s a temptation to starting talking about 2024 — no, no, no, no, no,’ McEnany said on Wednesday’s edition of ‘Outnumbered.’
‘2022 is not over. Every Republican energy needs to go to grinding the Biden agenda to a halt, and that could go straight through the state of Georgia.’
McEnany refused to say whether Trump should appear with Walker in the Peach State in the run-up to December 6.
Asked whether the former president should go to Georgia, McEnany replied: ‘I think we’ve got to make strategic calculations. Gov. DeSantis, I think he should be welcome to the state, given what happened last night. You’ve got to look at the realities on the ground.’
Georgia’s Senate race is expected to head to a runoff on Dec. 6 after neither candidate breached the 50 percent threshold, per the state’s election law. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock holds a slight edge over Republican Herschel Walker.
As the former president appears finally geared up to announce his next run for the White House, many of his standby supporters within the GOP are beginning to jump ship as they blame him for Republicans disappointing showing in the midterms.
Republicans were left grumbling about ‘candidate quality,’ with many pointing the finger at the 76-year-old former president for backing candidates they saw as unelectable.
‘Never forget. Trump picked sure losers in winnable races,’ said Gregg Nunziata, a former member of Marco Rubio’s team in the Senate.
‘He picked weak candidates in otherwise slam dunk races requiring the party to spend tons of money we’d rather spend elsewhere,’ Nunziata said. ‘And speaking of money, he hoovered up tens of millions and barely spent a dime to help Rs.’
Scott Reed, a veteran Republican strategist, said: ‘I mean, we had a historic opportunity and Trump’s recruitment of unelectable candidates blew it for us.
‘Trump’s now lost three elections in a row for the Republican Party and it’s time to snap out of this foolishness.’
Fox News’ White House correspondent, Jacqui Heinrich, tweeted: ‘GOP source tells me ‘if it wasn’t clear before it should be now. We have a Trump problem’.’
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis beat Democrat Charlie Crist by 19 points Tuesday to easily win a secon term. Trump called DeSantis ‘an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations’
Many in the GOP appear to be throwing their chips behind Ron DeSantis, characterizing him as a far more electable candidate who does not come with the baggage that many fear Trump could muddy Republicans’ image with.
Trump’s own former chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said DeSantis was in a far better position after the midterms than Trump was.
‘Between being Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis tonight, you want to be Ron DeSantis,’ Mulvaney said.
‘DeSantis wins tonight and Trump is not doing very well.’
Trump claimed that DeSantis begged for his endorsement ahead of the 2018 election. The pair are seen campaigning together in Tampa, Florida on July 31, 2018
Trump is seen campaigning for DeSantis in Pensacola, Florida, on November 3, 2018 – three days before the vote
On Thursday evening, Trump lashed out at Fox, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post for seemingly throwing their weight behind DeSantis after his Tuesday victory.
In a long-winded statement sent out by his PAC Thursday evening, Trump pointed out that the trio of News Corp media brands are ‘all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious’ who he called ‘an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations.’
Trump suggested that DeSantis’ 19-plus point breeze to reelection Tuesday was helped by the fact that the Florida governor didn’t have to shut his state down during the coronavirus pandemic because of the ‘SUNSHINE, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did!’
And then Trump said it was his 2018 endorsement of DeSantis in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary that made him.
‘Ron came to me in desperate shape in 2017 – he was politically dead, losing in a landslide to a very good Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, who was loaded up with cash and great poll numbers,’ Trump recalled. ‘Ron had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win.’