Saturday 2 July 2022 07:09 AM Trump 'to announce 2024 White House run as early as THIS MONTH to distract from ... trends now
Donald Trump could announce his candidacy for the 2024 election as early as this month, it's claimed, with the former president reportedly jealous of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and keen to distract from ongoing Capitol riot hearings.
Most candidates for presidential elections announce their run the year before, so as to minimize the time on the campaign trail, where they'll likely face scandals and embarrassing skeletons in their closets.
But Trump, 74, is agitating to declare his intentions much sooner, according to the New York Times.
On Friday The New York Times reported that the former president has surprised some of his advisers by saying he may declare his intentions on social media, without even informing them in advance.
Trump remains banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and would have to make the announcement on his much smaller network, TruthSocial.
He is said to be aggrieved by increasing attention and compliments heaped on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Many Republicans believe DeSantis pushes the same policies that made Trump very popular - but without the divisive and unpredictable personality.
Aides, the paper said, are scrambling to build a campaign infrastructure in time for an announcement that could come this month.
'Every day is different,' one source told CNN.
'We get told he's going to announce imminently, and by the afternoon that has changed.'
Donald Trump, seen on June 25 at a rally in Illinois, could announce his candidacy for 2024 as soon as this month, sources told The New York Times
Trump, 74, has barely stopped campaigning for re-election since leaving the White House in January 2021
Another source, who previously said Trump would wait until after Labor Day, told CNN the September announcement was 'up in the air' and that if Trump does announce early, 'it will be July.'
'He's sounding a lot more committed lately,' added another person close to Trump.
Trump has repeatedly teased another run for the White House, even though he'd only be allowed to serve a single term.
But the idea has been given added urgency by the surge in support for DeSantis, the 43-year-old governor of Florida.