Former President Donald Trump mulls 2024 announcement in weeks after midterms, sources say

Former President Donald Trump is considering announcing another run for the White House in the weeks after Tuesday’s midterms, according to three Trump advisers and a GOP official familiar with the former president’s discussions. He was calling his donor base to inform his followers of his thinking and solicit feedback.

The exact timing and nature of an announcement is unclear. A source close to Trump said it could happen in the two weeks after the Nov. 8 election. Another adviser said it was more likely to happen after Thanksgiving — perhaps not until early 2023.

“I’ll probably do it again … Get ready,” Trump said at a rally Thursday night in Iowa.

Taylor Budowitz, a Trump spokesman, said he “does not comment on the endless speculation and rumors in the media.”

“As President Trump has said, Americans should vote Republican up and down, and he will continue that message tomorrow night in Pennsylvania,” Budowitz said.

In an interview with conservative Spanish-language media outlet Americano Media last Saturday, the former president said he has already made a decision on whether to launch a third White House campaign.

“I already have it in mind. But very soon — and I will announce it very soon,” Trump said. “I will let people know very quickly.”

Multiple sources told CBS News that Trump is expected to spend Tuesday night watching election returns at Mar-a-Lago with a small group of donors, club members and would-be campaign advisers.

Trump supporters speculate that the former president could shut out some potential GOP challengers by being among the first to announce a 2024 run. That strategy may hinder some candidates closely aligned with Trump, but it is unlikely to prevent former Trump vice president Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSandis and other potential 2024 candidates from organizing their own campaigns.

Mike Pompeo, who served as Trump’s secretary of state, told CBS News earlier this year his decision to run for office it wouldn’t depend on Trump.

Trump continues to deny the result 2020 elections, which he lost. Just last night he told supporters in Iowa that he “should never have left” the White House.

Now he looks ready to try to win it back.

— CBS News’ Bob Costa contributed to this report

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