Trump ‘WILL run for presidency in 2024 if he’s in strong position’ and is gearing up for Republican convention speech

Trump ‘WILL run for presidency in 2024 if he’s in strong position’ and is gearing up for Republican convention speech

DONALD Trump is reportedly plotting to run for president again in 2024 if he's in a 'strong position', according to reports.

The former commander-in-chief will also return to the electoral arena on Saturday as he gears up to give the headline speech at the North Carolina Republican Party's state convention.

Sources close to Trump have repeatedly said that he plans to hold several of his signature MAGA rallies in the coming months to keep his fan base engaged in the 2022 midterm elections.

After those elections conclude, Trump is expected to announce whether or not he will run for the White House again.

"If the president feels like he's in a good position, I think there's a good chance that he does it," Trump adviser Jason Miller told NBC on Tuesday.

"For the more immediate impact, there's the issue of turning out Trump voters for the midterm elections," Miller continued, before adding: "President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party."

Trump himself has also previously suggested he will announce his decision on the matter after the midterms.

In an interview with Fox News' Dan Bongino last month, he said: "So I'm giving it very serious consideration.

"If you do it, I think probably the most appropriate time would be right after the '22 election, that's my opinion. Could do it sooner, but I think right after the election would be good, especially if you have a good election."

Trump also teased conservative firebrand Candace Owens that he was planning to run again, telling her his supporters "will be very happy" when he makes a "certain announcement."

"I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time," he said on her Daily Wire podcast, released May 4. "As you know, it's very early. But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement."

While his schedule for the 2022 midterm campaign is not yet set, sources close to his camp told NBC that rallies are likely to be held to benefit Ohio congressional candidate Max Miller, Georgia Secretary of State hopeful Jody Hice, and Alabama Senate Candidate Mo Brooks.

Miller, a former White House aide, is looking to defeat GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzales, who voted to impeach Trump this year.

Hice, meanwhile, is looking to unseat Republican Brad Raffensperger, who defied Trump's orders and certified the results of the 2020 election.

Since leaving office in January, Trump has maintained a firm grip of influence on the Republican party, with his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach hosting dozens of GOP fundraising events.

House GOP leaders have also made it abundantly clear they view Trump's engagement as essential to their chances of retaking Congress.

Just last month, Rep. Liz Cheney was ousted as Republican Conference Chair for repeatedly rebuking Trump over his unfounded claims of election fraud.

According to a poll conducted by Ipsos and Reuters last month, just 28 percent of Republicans believe Trump shouldn't seek re-election, while 68 percent say they believe the election was stolen from him.

But all the while his approval ratings among the general public are far less favorable.

An NBC poll held in late April determined that 55 percent of the public disapproved of Trump, while 35 percent approved.

Such statistics suggest that Trump would find himself in a strong position to win the Republican primary in 2024, but would likely be defeated in another general election.

Speaking on the ground of anonymity, a former Trump operative told NBC: "[Trump] will have a hard time building an infrastructure to win the general election."

"He could win the primary on his name alone. … The problem is building a coalition of people among the light-leaning Republicans and independents."

To achieve any chance of winning, the insider said he believes Trump would have to tone down his harsh rhetoric and his false claims the election was stolen from him.

"He would completely have to make a pivot of 180 degrees on his rhetoric," the source said. "He would have to change and ask forgiveness."

Trump is also facing a legal probe in New York City that could jeopardize his hopes of a second term as president.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has been probing the Trump Organization's finances as well as Trump's personal monetary affairs for at least two years.

Last week he convened a special grand jury to consider evidence in a criminal investigation into Trump's finances.

The development signals that prosecutors are moving toward seeking charges against the former president in their investigation, which included a lengthy battle of Trump's tax returns.

Vance's investigation concerns a variety of matters, such as hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf, property valuations, and employee compensation.

Trump contends the investigation is a “witch hunt.”

“This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors,” he said in a statement.

Trump also complained that he was being "unfairly attacked and abused by a corrupt political system.”

He claims the investigations are part of a Democratic plot to silence his voters and block him from running for president again.

Trump lost the popular vote by more than seven million ballots during last year's election – and lost the Electoral College by the same 306-232 margin he bested Hilary Clinton with four years earlier.

But still he received the most votes of any Republican candidate in history, and only narrow margins in swing states such as Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin blocked his second term.

"There's a reason why they're called 'Trump voters,'" Miller told NBC. "They either don't normally vote or don't normally vote for Republicans."

Trump allies say it's too early to know what Trump will do in 2024 or what the political landscape may look like four years from now.

In the meantime, fired former Trump attorney Sidney Powell has been peddling a conspiracy theory that Trump can "simply be reinstated" as president and kick Biden out of the White House.

"It should be that he can simply be reinstated, that a new inauguration date is set, and Biden is told to move out of the White House and President Trump should be moved back in," she told a crowd at a Q-Anon convention in Dallas over the weekend.

"I’m sure there’s not going to be credit for time lost, unfortunately, because the Constitution itself sets the date for inauguration,” she added. "But he should definitely get the reminder of his term and make the best of it, that’s for sure.”

Though his future remains uncertain, Trump will return to the electoral arena on Saturday when he speaks at the North Carolina Republican Party's state convention in Greenville.

“President Trump won North Carolina in 2016 by promising to put America First, and he won North Carolina in 2020 by keeping that promise,” NCGOP chairman Michael Whatley told the News Observer, touting Trump's appearance.

“President Trump delivered real results for North Carolina by rebuilding the military, standing strong against China, and unleashing the American Economy.”

“We are honored to welcome President Trump to our convention as the Republican Party launches our campaign to retake Congress and the Senate in the 2022 midterms.”

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