Top advisers to former President Donald Trump have been discussing the third week of November as the ideal launching pad for his 2024 presidential campaign if Republicans do well in next week’s midterm elections, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Two sources said Trump’s team specifically discussed Nov. 14 as a possible announcement date, which would be in the middle of an overseas trip to Asia that President Joe Biden has long planned. Trump is unlikely to announce before this Monday, even if the GOP beats expectations on election night so as not to overshadow his daughter Tiffany’s Nov. 12 wedding in Mar-a-Lago and because he doesn’t share a news cycle with interim results would like. sources said.
Those sources also warned that no date has been set and Trump could postpone it if control of the Senate remains tied after Election Day or Republicans fail to make overwhelming gains in their house races. As discussions ensued over where Trump should launch his next White House bid, a person familiar with the matter said his team has not yet made a decision on a venue and is still toying with an announcement near Palm Beach, Florida , where Since leaving Washington he has been based for his political operation or in a Rust Belt battlefield such as Ohio or Pennsylvania.
In a statement to CNN, Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for Trump, declined to comment “on the endless speculation and rumours.”
The former president has long viewed the post-midterm period leading up to Thanksgiving as an opportunity to launch his next political act. As CNN previously reported, Trump expects the GOP to make significant gains on election night and wants to capitalize on the momentum coming Tuesday if his prediction comes true, especially if his handpicked Senate nominees win in key contests in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, prevail. Ohio and Georgia. Trump has also expressed interest in announcing before the end of the year to bring potential rivals to the attention for 2024. One of them, former Vice President Mike Pence, is due to publish a book about his tenure on November 15 and recently said “there might be someone else I would prefer more” as the next Republican presidential nominee, fueling speculation that he intends to to challenge his former boss.
At a rally in Iowa Thursday, Trump urged the audience to “prepare” for his return to the presidential campaign, noting that he would “very, very, very likely do it again” in reference to his candidacy for the election White House. It was his latest attempt to get Republicans’ attention without directly announcing a third campaign campaign ahead of Election Day, something that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other senior Republicans had previously encouraged to keep Trump from doing.
“I give him a lot of credit for not making an announcement this year [and] for not getting in the way of the midterm candidates. I’m glad he didn’t do that. That was certainly my advice from the start,” former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters at an event Thursday morning.
News of Trump’s possible November 14 announcement was first reported by Axios.
A Trump announcement would come later this month as he continues to conduct several high-profile investigations that could heat up again after Election Day, when the Justice Department could end its traditional pre-Election Day quiet period and begin announcing indictments against Trump associates , who were involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 election. The former President remains under investigation for taking classified government documents to Mar-a-Lago at the end of his presidency and was recently indicted by the House Special Committee for his testimony and documents related to the May 6 attack on the US Capitol January subpoenaed. Meanwhile, Trump also faces an ongoing investigation by Fulton County prosecutors into his attempts to overturn the 2020 Georgia election results.
Justice Department officials have debated whether a Trump candidacy would create the need for a special counsel to oversee two sprawling federal investigations linked to the former president, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.