by Steve Holland and Jarrett Renshaw
WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Donald Trump plans to submit a third bid for the White House this month, his advisers said on Thursday, as Donald Trump himself hinted at such a possibility at a meeting in Iowa.
“In order to make our country prosperous, secure and full of glory, I think very, very, very likely to do it again,” the former president said, stoking suspense over his 2024 presidential bid.
“Get ready, that’s all I’m saying. Very soon. Get ready,” he added.
According to his advisers, Donald Trump has reached out to some of those close to him to discuss possible scenarios as he seeks to benefit from the expected Republican victories in the midterms congressional elections which will take place next Tuesday. .
“It’s like a moth drawn to a flame, (Donald) Trump is going to run in 2024,” an adviser to the former president told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
“I think he wants to show up and announce it before Thanksgiving would give him a big advantage over his opponents, and he completely understands that.”
Donald Trump’s rivals for the Republican Party nomination may not be able to run if the former president announces his candidacy in the coming weeks, advisers say.
They added, however, that it was possible that Donald Trump would postpone his decision or change his mind.
A representative for the former US president did not respond to a request for comment.
(With contributions from Shubham Kalia; French version Camille Raynaud)