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Trump to announce 2024 presidential bid on Tuesday: Top aide

Former US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Sioux Gateway Airport on November 3, 2022 in Sioux City, Iowa.(Reuters photo)

Donald Trump’s longtime advisor Jason Miller says the former Republican president will announce next week that he is taking another shot at the presidency with a White House run in 2024.

Miller said on Friday Trump has been hinting at another presidential run while campaigning for Republican candidates ahead of this week's midterm elections.

Trump, who will be 78 when the next presidential election is held, has said he will make a "very big announcement" on Tuesday.

"President Trump is going to announce on Tuesday that he is running for president," Miller told former Trump aide Steve Bannon on his podcast.

"It's gonna be a very professional, very buttoned-up announcement," he added.

Miller said Trump told him, "there doesn't need to be any question, of course, I am running."

An American political analyst and activist told Press TV last week that Trump will not have a free ride in 2024 as he had in 2016, because his opposition is the new breed of extremist Republicans.

“If Trump does announce, and soon, that he’s a 2024 candidate, it won’t be such an easy ride as 2016. He’s not likely to have people like Ted Cruz, even hated by members of his own party, or lukewarm candidates like Jeb Bush to run against him. His opposition is the new breed of extremist Republicans,” said Myles Hoenig, a former Green Party candidate for Congress.

“Candidates like DeSantis, Cotton, and others carry the same right-wing, fascistic banner, as much as Trump does. Trump would rely on his own persona as policies won’t be very different this time. All those who opposed him in 2024 have adopted his mantra and subsequently boot-licked their way into Trump’s orbit. The obvious one is Cruz,” he added.

Trump’s announcement would be followed by a string of political events.

Kellyanne Conway, who was Trump’s 2016 campaign manager and a top adviser in the Trump White House, told reporters at a roundtable last week that she expects the former president to announce “soon.”

Trump's big announcement in Florida comes after an unsatisfactory run for several candidates he supported in the midterms.

Trump had called for a Republican "giant red wave" to defeat Democrats, and the GOP achieved a much smaller victory than had been predicted.

Republicans have captured at least 211 House seats, Edison Research projected, eight short of the 218 needed to wrest the House away from Democrats and effectively halt Biden's legislative agenda, Reuters reported.

While Republicans remain favored, there were 32 House contests yet to be decided. Republicans appear poised to secure a slim majority in the 435-seat House of Representatives.

However, the fate of the Senate is far less certain. Either party could seize control by winning too-close-to-call races in Nevada and Arizona, where officials are tallying thousands of uncounted ballots.

The Senate will not be decided until the Georgia election in December, most likely. The Republicans may control it, or they may have a split house.

Meanwhile, Trump’s critics in the Republican Party have asked him to stay out of the runoff election in Georgia, blaming him for the disappointing performance in Tuesday’s vote.

The Hill reported on Friday that Senate Republicans are worried that Trump may derail the GOP party's chances of winning the runoff election in Georgia next month by either casting doubt on the legitimacy of the midterm elections or announcing his plan for the 2024 presidential election.

Trump and his allies have pushed claims about the 2020 election, with many GOP-led states passing laws to address the large claims of voting fraud.

Trump and his allies had raised concerns that widespread fraud marred the election and that it was rigged by the Washington establishment in favor of Biden, who was certified as the winner in Congress on January 6, 2021.


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