Trump considering announcing 2024 run during Biden inauguration — report

US president reportedly exploring how to best time declaration of intention to seek presidency in four years, brags that networks will cover him over ‘boring’ successor

US President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, November 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, November 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US President Donald Trump is considering announcing a run for president in 2024 during the inauguration of his successor Joe Biden on January 20, 2021, according to a report on Saturday.

Trump is exploring how to best time an announcement, including the possibility of a campaign event held to compete with the inauguration ceremony, the Daily Beast reported, quoting two sources with “direct knowledge of the matter.”

According to the sources, Trump has bragged that the US television networks will keep covering him as he gets high ratings and because they find Biden “boring.”

CNN reported earlier this month, as the election results were still being counted, that Trump aides had already begun discussing another prospective presidential run in four years. Days later, Axios, which quoted two sources familiar with discussions on the matter, said Trump had expressed interest in running for president again in conversation with his senior advisers.

As a one-term president, Trump can again seek the presidency for an additional term at a future date. If he runs again in 2024, he will be 78 years old — seven months older than Joe Biden, the oldest president-elect in US history, is now.

US President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump has made an unprecedented attempt to defy the results of the November 3 vote, spreading wild theories about stolen ballots and launching baseless legal challenges that have been thrown out by courts across the country.

Trump said Thursday that he would leave the White House if Biden is officially confirmed as the winner, but repeated that he may never concede defeat.

Answering questions from reporters for the first time since the election, the president moved closer to accepting that he would serve only one term in office before Biden replaces him.

When asked if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College confirmed Biden’s victory, Trump said, “Certainly I will. And you know that.”

“This was a massive fraud,” Trump said about the election result, again without providing any evidence.

But “if they do, they made a mistake,” he said, adding, “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede.”

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