Whether it’s 2020 or 2024, Donald Trump plans on hanging around for a while. The president hosted a Christmas reception at the White House on Tuesday and told the people in attendance, “It’s been an amazing four years. We are trying to do another four years.” Trump then added “otherwise, I’ll see you in four years,” prompting cheers from the audience.
Trump went on to talk about this year’s election saying, “It’s certainly an unusual year. We won an election, but they don’t like that. I call it a rigged election, and I always will.”
Attendee Pam Pollard, the national committeewoman for the Oklahoma GOP, streamed live footage on Facebook of Trump’s remarks.
There has been speculation circulating that Trump has toyed with the idea of launching his 2024 campaign before or even during Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. The 2024 Republican battle for the presidential nomination had previously appeared to be wide open with no real clear front runner. Trump announcing his intentions this early would certainly change plans of other Republicans who may be considering a move to run in 2024.
Some of the names that have been mentioned as potential candidates in 2024 include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, former South Carolina Gov. and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Hale, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.