Former US president Donald Trump’s much-anticipated announcement that he will seek re-election in 2024 will reportedly take place on November 14.
The date has been floated by Trump-inner circle, which is hoping to ride a red wave in this coming Tuesday’s midterms, Axios and The New York Times reported, while noting that the announcement date is not final yet and is still subject to change.
The timing of the announcement will likely be influenced by how Republicans perform in the midterms, with polls indicating they will make gains. However, a failure to retake the Senate may lead the Trump team to hold off on an announcement, the news sites speculated.
Trump has for months been hinting that he plans to run again in speeches at rallies for Republican congressional candidates.
“In order to make our country successful and safe and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again … Get ready that’s all I’m telling you — very soon. Get ready,” Trump said at a rally on Thursday in Sioux City, Iowa.
A spokesperson for Trump declined requests for comment.
Trump is said to be eager to launch a new campaign, as investigations into his conduct as president as well as into the classified documents he allegedly stole upon leaving the White House have picked up steam.
In an urgent plea as his party faces the potential loss of House and Senate control, President Joe Biden asked voters Thursday to go to the polls to support Democratic candidates, warning that a Republican Congress would reshape America by cutting back on health care and threatening abortion rights and retirement security.
Speaking in San Diego County, California, at an evening rally in support of endangered Democratic Rep. Mike Levin, the president said the outcome of the election would “determine the direction of the country for at least a decade or more.”
The president’s return to heavily Democratic California in the run-up to Election Day speaks to the looming threat for his party in a turbulent midterm election year when Republicans appear poised to take control of the House, a grim prospect for Biden heading into the second half of his term.