Washington – The outgoing president, Donald Trump, hinted during a Christmas party at the White House that he will run again for the presidency in 2024, after losing the November elections against Joe Biden, several local media reported on Wednesday.
Trump’s comment, recorded on video Tuesday by one of the partygoers and circulated on social media this Wednesday, is his clearest signal yet that he plans to seek a second term once the first four years are over. in the power of Biden.
“It has been an incredible four years (since I came to the White House). We are trying to have another four years. If it’s not possible, I’ll see you in four years, ”Trump said, to cheers from attendees.
Trump was thus referring to his frustrated legal strategy to reverse the election result and his refusal to formally acknowledge Biden’s victory, but also to the growing rumors that he will run for the White House in 2024.
Asked about it during a press c onference on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany limited herself to indicating that Trump’s re-election campaign still has active litigation in Wisconsin and Nevada.
“For the moment we are concentrating on that,” said McEnany, despite the fact that there is no longer any possibility of reversing the result of the elections, since Trump would need to win in several states that have already certified Biden’s victory.
According to NBC News and The Daily Beast newspaper, Trump is planning to organize an event on the same day as Biden’s inauguration, on January 20, 2021, to promote a possible new presidential campaign in 2024.
It is also possible that Trump will make the announcement before then, having told his advisers that he wants to reveal it shortly after the Electoral College certifies Biden’s victory on December 14, according to NBC News.
A new presidential campaign would allow Trump to extend and strengthen his dominance of the Republican Party, although it is unclear whether other conservative leaders with aspirations to reach the White House – such as former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley or Vice President Mike Pence himself – they would park their wishes to make way for him.
Trump has not wanted to publicly clarify whether he will attend Biden’s inauguration, although according to NBC News, he has no plans to do so.