Donald Trump 2024? POTUS 'will absolutely' run for reelection again if Joe Biden wins, former chief of staff says
President Donald Trump "will absolutely" run for re-election in 2024 should he lose to Joe Biden this year, his former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney revealed. Mulvaney shared on Thursday, November 5, that he could definitely see Trump running again should he get beaten by Joe Biden during the US presidential elections 2020. While speaking to the Dublin think tank Institute for International and European Affairs, he said, "After this election's over who is the leading Republican candidate for 2024?"
"I think now, folks are starting to realize, wait a second, if Donald Trump loses he might be the guy, and I'm telling you, absolutely. I would absolutely expect the president to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024," Mulvaney added.
He had been ousted as Chief of Staff and currently serves as a special envoy for Northern Ireland. During an October 2019 presser, he had casually shrugged off questioning about a Ukrainian deal and had said, "we do that all the time."
Around a year later, he described Trump as a "very high-energy 74-year-old" who would love to get involved in politics again. Mulvaney revealed that Trump would be "further engaged in 2024 or 2028 if he were to lose this next election" when Trump would be 78 and 82 respectively.
The former communications director of Trumps team Bryan Lanza spoke to The Today Show and said that Trump would "make a strong case to run again". While doing another interview with CNBC, Lanza said that he "wouldn't be surprised to see him on the ticket in 2024" if Trump loses.
Mulvaney shared that Trump "doesn't like losing" but has insisted how the GOP lawsuits filed in key states to stop the count were not a threat to democracy. "It should not surprise anybody that there are lawyers and that there are lawsuits, and it is not a tacit admission of loss, any more than it is a declaration of victory," Mulvaney said.
He also spoke to CNBC and said that Trump would show "a peaceful transition of power" before adding "I just hope the same is true on the other side." He added, "Could things get really sloppy and messy and slow between now and then? Absolutely."
"They were, by the way, in 2000 as well, yet we managed to work through it," he continued. "American elections can be a sloppy, ugly thing but it's sort of like making law which we describe as making sausage: No one wants to see it happen but you enjoy the end product."
We had earlier reported how on November 3, Trump had addressed the nation post-Election Day, falsely claiming victory in the presidential polls despite millions of votes yet to be counted. Within minutes of his speech, several people took to social media to denounce the president's attempt to disenfranchise voters who voted by mail, and many saw the speech as "a call to action" to his base to not accept the outcome of the current election.