For months now, the American people have been wondering, both aloud and internally, whether or not Donald Trump would be running for office again in 2024.
This is an all-consuming concern for those on the right side of the aisle, particularly folks like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who himself appears to be fairly hellbent on taking a run at the White House next chance he gets.
Now, according to the dinner guests who’ve been dining with No. 45, all the aspirational GOP hopefuls may need to get comfortable right where they are.
Trump has told at least three people he’s dined with in recent months that he plans to run in 2024, a former senior official at the Republican National Committee tells Rolling Stone. “I have three friends who’ve had dinner with him in the last couple of months. All three reported that his current plans are to run for president in 2024,” the former R.N.C. official says. “Now, whether he does or not is a different issue. We’ve still got three years to go. But he’s telling people that.”
There was no doubt as to what was meant.
The ex-R.N.C. official says the first two dinners took place in late spring. But the third dinner happened in the last two weeks, the official said. The first two dinner companions came away from their conversations convinced Trump was serious and he’s running, the official adds. The third said he left the dinner “not 100% sure Trump wants to run but he likes being in the conversation, he wants to freeze the field, and he wants his name out there,” according to the ex-R.N.C. official.
The news may not come as much surprise to the Trump faithful, however, as the former President has been hinting at such a possibility from the very moment that he left office.