Trump may run in 2024 if he loses this year, says former adviser

According to a senior member of Trump’s 2016 transition team, the president would be in a ‘good position to run again’ – and there is nothing in the rules to  say he can’t

Stuti Mishra
Thursday 05 November 2020 13:57 GMT
Trump will run in 2024 if he loses this year, says former adviser
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As Joe Biden’s lead gets stronger in the race for the White House, Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser has hinted that the president may return to fight for the oval office again in 2024.

Speaking to the BBC’s Radio 4 programme Today, the former communications director for the Trump transition team Bryan Lanza said he is in a good position to “run again four years from now”.

Mr Lanza added that if Mr Trump runs again “he will be younger than Joe Biden than his current bid for the presidency, so age isn’t the issue". 

'Biden will have the opportunity to guide this country out of Covid, and we’ll see what his successes and failures are. And there’s nobody in the Republican party that can challenge President Trump in the primaries,” Mr Lanza said.

He added that if Mr Trump was to “lose a very tight election” he can “make a strong case to run again". 

"And the Republicans would step aside to let it happen,” he added.

If what Mr Lanza says is true, it confirms the point that even if the first presidency of Donald Trump is cut short, his political career is set to continue.

Although the US constitution doesn’t allow any president to serve more than two terms, it doesn’t say anything about those two terms having to be consecutive.

Mr Lanza was also questioned on Mr Trump’s attempts to undermine the electoral process by raising doubts over the ongoing counting of votes. Mr Lanza responded: “I don’t think it’s different from what the Democrats did when they told Americans that Russians were involved in Donald Trump’s election four years ago.”

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