Although he has not yet made a formal announcement, former President Donald Trump has provided a number of hints that seem to point toward another White House bid in 2024.
The latest development involves his political action committee’s decision to hire two veteran political operatives with extensive experience in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary caucuses.
Experts added to the roster
According to reports, the Save America PAC has added Eric Branstad and Alex Latcham to its staff.
Bloomberg broke the news by citing an internal memo sent to advisers and staffers and a committee spokesperson confirmed the details.
In addition to being well-versed in Iowa’s political scene, Branstad and Latcham worked for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and subsequent administration.
Branstad is the son of former Republican Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who became Trump’s ambassador to China. He served as Trump’s Iowa state director in the 2016 campaign and then as a senior adviser in Iowa four years later with a stint as senior White House adviser at the Commerce Department in between.
Latcham was the Trump 2016 Iowa political director before serving as a deputy political director in the White House.
All signs point to Trump 2024
News of the two significant hires in Iowa came on the heels of Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann’s tweet regarding a discussion he had with Trump that seemed to hinge on the importance of the state’s caucuses.
In a statement on Sunday, Kaufmann wrote: “Had a great 15 minute call from President Trump this evening. He asked about Iowa’s farmers and other topics including Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status.”
Days earlier, Newsmax TV host Sean Spicer, who served as Trump’s first White House press secretary, signaled that his former boss is gearing up for a likely 2024 campaign. The former president has raised more than $100 million, was in good physical shape, and remained popular among Republicans, Spicer explained.
Around the same time, Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, offered a similar statement without providing any specific details.
“I’m not authorized to speak on behalf of the president, but I can tell you this: We wouldn’t be meeting tonight if we weren’t making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket,” he said.