Trump aides filed paperwork for a 2024 presidential run as his supporters gathered at his Florida resort, where he is expected to announce a new run for the White House.
Bradley Crate, who has previously worked for Trump political organizations, filed papers with the United States Federal Election Commission to create a committee called “Donald J. Trump for President 2024.”
Trump’s long-awaited announcement at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, comes after a disappointing result for the Republican Party in last week’s midterm congressional elections, which many blamed on the businessman. real estate.
The unusually early launch could well be aimed at fending off potential contenders for the party’s 2024 nomination, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, 44, and Trump’s own former vice president, Mike Pence, 63 years old.
It comes as Republicans close in on the 218 seats they need to win a majority in the 435-seat House of Representatives.
Sources close to the 76-year-old Trump said that he planned to press ahead despite mixed results from his supporters, with defeats for famed physician Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Don Bolduc in New Hampshire helping Republicans fail to win a majority in the Senate.
No “red wave”
While control of the House of Representatives remains undecided, the “red wave” that Republicans had hoped would lead to a large majority failed to materialize despite low public approval ratings for Democratic President Joe Biden.
Voter anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights nationwide outweighed concerns about high inflation.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted before the election showed that 53% of Americans and nearly one in four Republicans view Trump unfavorably. The poll showed a similar number of Americans viewing Biden unfavorably.
Trump will seek his party’s nomination even as he faces trouble on several fronts, including a criminal investigation into the removal of secret White House documents, as well as a congressional subpoena related to his role in the September 6 attack on the Capitol. January 2021 by his supporters.