Former US President Donald Trump’s advisers have revealed his plans to launch a third bid for the White House this month while Trump himself teased a strong possibility of a comeback during a campaign rally in Iowa.
Speaking at a rally in Iowa on Thursday, the former US president said he will "very, very very probably do it again" to make the country "successful and safe and glorious" again, in a direct dig at Joe Biden.
"And now, in order to make our country successful and safe and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again,” he said "Get ready, that's all I'm telling you, very soon. Get ready," he added.
Trump's advisors said he was speed-dialing confidantes to work out possible scenarios as he looks to benefit from expected Republican wins in midterms.
"I think like a moth to a flame, Trump will run in 2024," one senior adviser told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. "I think that he wants to run and announcing before Thanksgiving gives him a great advantage over his opponents and he understands that."
Although the former president has not made any official declarations till now, another adviser speaking to Reuters said the former president could make a formal announcement shortly after Tuesday’s elections and is looking forward to meeting with potential staff before making a bid.
The advisers also pointed out that the former president could delay the decision or even change his mind.
Trump has featured prominently in the campaign rallies for Republican contenders ahead of the midterms. He has visited 25 states and held 18 fundraisers.
A source familiar with Trump's plans was quoted as saying that he intends to announce his re-election campaign shortly after Tuesday's elections and has been sounding out potential staff. The source was approached by the campaign to gauge interest.
Announcing his re-election campaign soon could help propel Trump in the early voting states of Iowa where he is due to appear at a rally on Thursday in South Carolina while his rivals are still working on their own 2024 plans, the senior adviser said.
His visit to Iowa came as he helped to boost Republican candidates ahead of next week’s midterm elections, and later quickly drew the attention to himself, launching once again into his unproven claims of voter fraud.
With rising inflation and a low approval rating of President Joe Biden, the Democrats' hopes about coming back to power again have dimmed.
Trump has also not been any better choice as his unpopularity grew after his eventful four years in office ended with his followers storming the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and the false claims that he made that the election defeat was the result of fraud.
According to a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos, Trump remains favorable to only 41 percent of Americans.
Ever since he left office, the former president has continuously held political rallies, where he has often hinted at a comeback.
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