While former President Donald Trump hasn’t yet made any official announcements on whether he’ll be running for the White House again in 2024, he’s repeatedly dropped hints that the prospect is on his mind.
In fact, it seems Trump’s mind may already be made up. According to a new report, Trump referred to himself as the 47th president in a comment made during a round of golf with friends in Florida — and it’s not clear that he was joking.
“45th and 47th”
The remarks were made on a video that circulated on social media this week. As Trump prepared to take a tee shot on one of the holes, one of the men accompanying him said as an introduction, “First on tee, the 45th president of the United States.”
Without missing a beat, Trump replied, “45th and 47th,” which elicited laughter and clapping from the others around him, according to Conservative Brief.
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Nothing’s official, but…
According to Business Insider, while Trump has not made any formal announcements regarding the 2024 race, he has hinted that he intends to run for the White House at least once more.
Still, it’s unlikely that the former president would make a final call on the matter before the midterm elections this November.
If he were to run again and win next time around, Trump would become only the second president in U.S. history to serve two non-concurrent terms in the White House, joining former President Grover Cleveland, who was the 22nd and 24th president, according to Deseret News.
In the meantime, Trump is continuing to campaign on behalf of other Republican candidates across the country — and numerous polls indicate he’d be a favorite among GOP voters if he were to throw his hat in the ring for the 2024 primary.
If he does run, would Trump be up against his 2020 opponent? Despite rampant speculation that he would serve just one term, President Joe Biden has indicated he will indeed mount another White House bid in 2024, assuming he’s still in “good health.”
In a December interview with ABC News’ David Muir, Biden was asked about the potential for a rematch — and he didn’t mince words. “You’re trying to tempt me now,” the president said. “Sure. Why would I not run against Donald Trump for the nominee? That’ll increase the prospect of running,” he added with a laugh.
Only time will tell.