On Thursday, President Donald Trump dropped a bomb about 2024 in a new interview, when he admitted that there’s one thing that could stop him from running for president again in two years: “His health.” By 2024 Trump will be 78 years old.
Daily Mail reported that Trump confessed that he has told his advisors that his health could be one thing that stops him from running.
Trump, now 75, was previously the oldest president to enter office in 2017 until Joe Biden earlier this year.
Trump has repeatedly hinted at a run in 2024, but in an interview with the Washington Post admitted his health will have to be a factor in his final decision.
Here’s what President Trump told the Washington Post:
“You always have to talk about health. You look like you’re in good health, but tomorrow, you get a letter from a doctor saying come see me again. That’s not good when they use the word ‘again.’”
As before, Trump would not directly commit to a third run. He only strongly hinted at one.
“I don’t want to comment on running, but I think a lot of people are going to be very happy by my decision,” he said.
President Trump also predicted that his former vice president, Mike Pence, along with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would not oppose him for the GOP nomination if he does decide to get into the 2024 presidential race.
The Daily Mail added:
Trump leads potential Republican rivals by sizable majorities in polls.
It leaves much of the rest of the possible field waiting to see when and whether he throws his hat in the ring.
The former president also spent much of the interview focused on his grip on his party, at a time when some of his endorsements have backfired.
More from the Conservative Brief report:
Physicians who study aging, as well as presidential health, have suggested that Trump could be a “super-ager” — that is, someone who remains healthy and active well into his 80s. But they have also suggested his family’s history of dementia along with his personal obesity could also factor in at some point.
As for who he would face off against in a Republican primary, Trump predicted that the aforementioned political leaders would step aside.
“If I ran, I can’t imagine they’d want to run. Some out of loyalty would have had a hard time running,” he told the Post. “I think that most of those people, and almost every name you mentioned, is there because of me. In some cases, because I backed them and endorsed them.
“You know Ron was at 3 percent, and the day I endorsed him, he won the race,” he said, adding: “As soon as I endorsed him, the race was over.”
But jumping back in for another shot at the Oval Office isn’t a sure thing for Trump for other reasons.
Given how unpopular President Joe Biden is at the moment, it will be interesting to see if Democrats decide to run someone else in his place in 2024. Whoever is on the Democrat ticket will certainly have their work cut out for them if Trump decides to run.