The $64,000 political question remains: Will former President Donald Trump make another bid for the White House?
While the former president has hinted on several occasions that he’s strongly considering the idea, he dropped perhaps his biggest hint on Friday, the Washington Examiner reported, writing in a statement after Facebook announced his account would remain suspended for two years that things will be different “next time” he’s in the White House.
“No more dinners”
Trump was clearly unhappy with Facebook — and CEO Mark Zuckerberg — for opting to suspend his accounts for another two years. As the Examiner reported, the former president was quick to issue a sternly-worded statement concerning his relationship with the social media platform’s founder.
“Next time I’m in the White House, there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!” Trump wrote.
The two met, secretly, in late 2019 for a White House dinner, according to an NBC News report at the time. To this day, it hasn’t been revealed what the two spoke about during the secretive affair, though it came at the same time Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress.
Trump also wrote in a statement concerning the social media giant’s decision to keep him off the platform that it was “an insult to the record-setting 75 [million] people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election.”
During his time in office, the president was adamant about working toward revoking Section 230 liability protections for Facebook and similar companies — an effort that likely would have continued into his second term, if it had materialized.
A return to the Oval?
Polls have shown that should Trump jump into the 2024 Republican presidential primary, he would easily lead any potential opponents — if anyone would even be willing to challenge him. The former president is clearly the favorite, and in March, according to Bloomberg, Trump suggested that he’s “strongly” considering another bid for the Oval Office.
The 45th president also said that he’s not going to worry about that decision until after the 2022 midterm elections, however.
In the meantime, a series of bizarre reports emerged over the past week suggesting that the former president has told some in his inner circle that he will be “reinstated” to the White House as soon as this summer.
According to the Examiner, Trump’s top adviser, Jason Miller, has denied the reporting, saying the former president is not under the impression that he’ll magically be reinstated in August.
Only time will tell if Trump decides to run again in 2024, but with all the hints he’s dropped — whether purposely or accidentally — he certainly appears to be leaning that way.