Donald Trump had stated that he had no plans on revealing whether he would run until after the 2024 election.
Trump has stated before that FEC finance laws are preventing him from announcing this year.
Well, he may have just slipped and let the cat out of the bag.
There has obviously not been any formal announcement by Trump, but he slipped a little bit this week talking to Fox News.
When Trump was directly asked about his plans to run in 2024, he stated, “I don’t think we’re going to have a choice. It is disgraceful.”
Trump then jumped right into what he is calling the “greatest embarrassment in the history of our country.”
Trump stated, “When you look at Afghanistan and what happened, and the death for no reason, just for no reason.”
He added that military “parents – they want to speak with me – they don’t want to speak with Biden.”
“They’re just devastated.
“It is getting to a point where we really have no choice.”
Now, this ties into Trump’s claim regarding the finance laws.
There is a rule in the FEC guidelines regarding “testing the waters,” which is what I believe Trump is referring to here.
This allows a candidate to raise and/or spend more than the $5,000 limit where you would generally have to register with the FEC as a candidate and file all reports for receipts and disbursements.
Part of the “testing the waters” phase is traveling and conducting polls, which is what I believe Trump is doing right now.
The big question has never been if he will win the nomination, but rather can he win the general election.
Before Trump announces, he will want to make sure he has enough support that he can win, without question.
There is simply no way he wants to have the disgrace of going down twice.
Having said that, he also appears to be walking a fine line right now, with reports that watchdogs are already on him over this, believing he has already made his decision.
The Daily Beast actually reported on this recently (click here to read the full report).
Keep in mind, nobody on the left wants to see him run, so he will be under immense scrutiny and I have no doubt there will be claims he violated campaign finance laws if he announces his candidacy.
I firmly believe Trump wants to run, but I don’t know that he has firmly made up his mind yet.
As stated above, he will want to make sure, without a doubt, that he can win this election if he jumps back in.
To see the full explanation “testing the waters,” click here.