How a 2024 announcement would immediately impact Trump and whether it would clear the GOP field


He appears to be full steam ahead for former President Donald Trump as he heads into a likely 2024 presidential campaign announcement on Tuesday night at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Despite a chorus of public and private pleas in recent days by several Trump allies urging the former president to delay his announcement until after the December 6 Senate election runoff in Georgia – which could potentially determine the Senate majority – Trump appears to be moving forward with what he bills as his “special announcement.”

A source close to the former president told Fox News that Trump “is going to announce on Tuesday” regardless of advice from some people in the former president’s orbit. “I’m very certain that’s what he’s going to do.”

Jason Miller, a senior official in the former president’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, said on former senior Trump adviser Stephen Bannon’s radio show on Friday that “President Trump will announce on Tuesday that he will present for the presidency. And it will be a very professional job”. , very buttoned-up ad.”

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during election night at Mar-a-Lago on November 08, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump addressed his supporters as the nation awaits the results of the midterm elections.
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And Trump pushed back on criticism from many Republicans who argue the former president’s support for far-right MAGA loyalists in the GOP primaries hurt the party in Tuesday’s general election, reducing a possible red wave to a net. Trump told Fox News Digital in an interview on Wednesday that his plans to make a “major” announcement on Tuesday had not changed.

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“We’ve had tremendous success,” Trump told Fox News Digital’s Brooke Singman, adding, “Why would anything change? in reference to his next announcement.

But if the former president officially announces a 2024 campaign, it will have instant implications for what Trump could and could not do moving forward.

Campaign finance laws would go into effect immediately, limiting the donations he could accept from individual donors and restricting how he could use the massive war chest his Save America political action committee built over the of the past two years.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during election night at Mar-a-Lago on November 08, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida.  Trump spoke as the nation awaits the results of the vote in the midterm elections.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during election night at Mar-a-Lago on November 08, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump spoke as the nation awaits the results of the vote in the midterm elections.
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Underscoring Trump’s status as the GOP’s most popular and influential politician, the fiercest fundraiser among the base and the current landslide leader in GOP nominating polls as of early 2024, the longtime adviser Trump date Corey Lewandowski urged Trump to wait for any 2024 statement.

“Once you become an official candidate, there are limits to what you can and cannot do. Being a non-candidate actually benefits a guy with a 100% identity and $100 million. in the bank,” said Lewandowski, who handled Trump’s history. 2016 presidential primary campaign and remained close to the former president.

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A Trump announcement would also cut support from the Republican National Committee (RNC), which must remain neutral in the GOP’s burgeoning presidential nomination race. The RNC has spent millions to pay some of Trump’s massive legal bills.

Sources in Trump’s political orbit told Fox News that top Mar-a-Lago aides were urging Trump to move forward with the announcement. Among the benefits they see in an announcement in early 2024 would be the potential to clear the ground from some likely rivals for the nomination.

But some prominent Republicans scoff at the idea that a Trump announcement would drive other potential candidates out of the race.

GOP Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire told Fox News Digital on Tuesday that a Trump announcement “doesn’t clear the field… anyone who wants to run is still going to show up.”

Sununu, who did not rule out a White House bid entirely, argued that “anyone who thinks it’s a good idea to announce a…potential presidential bid after the election, but before Christmas, that’s just the worst time you can do this.”

New Hampshire State Governor Chris Sununu speaks onstage during the 2022 Concordia Lexington Summit - Day 1 at the Lexington Marriott City Center on April 07, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky.

New Hampshire State Governor Chris Sununu speaks onstage during the 2022 Concordia Lexington Summit – Day 1 at the Lexington Marriott City Center on April 07, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky.
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It’s not just Sununu.

Several Republican strategists who spoke to Fox News dismissed the idea that a Trump announcement would deter potential candidates such as former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or governors. Ron DeSantis from Florida, Glenn Youngkin from Virginia or Larry Hogan from Maryland.

While acknowledging that Trump is “clearly the heavyweight. He’s Bigfoot in the field,” longtime GOP consultant David Kochel said the former president “isn’t going to clear the field.”

But Kochel, a veteran of many GOP presidential campaigns, predicted that a Trump announcement would “speed up people’s timelines to decide whether or not they’re leaving. I think some people will say they’re not running because Trump is there. But he’s going to have one or more serious challengers chasing after him.”

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“I imagine by the end of the first quarter of 2023 we’ll probably know who’s really going to come in,” Kochel said.

A Trump announcement could also trigger a new wave of attacks from the former president on potential nomination rivals, who was a staple of Trump’s explosive battle for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been tipped as a potential 2024 presidential nominee, was slated as an early winner overnight in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been tipped as a potential 2024 presidential nominee, was slated as an early winner overnight in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
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Trump took aim repeatedly last week against DeSantis, who won a landslide re-election victory in Florida on Tuesday, and at the end of the week also cracked down on Youngkin. But the former president’s verbal attacks appear to have fallen flat and have drawn conservative criticism.

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Besides Trump’s announcement, the week after the midterms will also see the first real Republican cattle calls of 2024.

The first is the annual winter meeting of the Republican Governors Association, held this year near Orlando, Florida. Among those in attendance who said they were considering a run for the White House or who are seen by political prognosticators as potential candidates include DeSantis, Youngkin of Virginia, Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Hogan, as well as Sununu, Asa Hutchinson from Arkansas and Pete Ricketts from Nebraska.

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At the end of the week, as Fox News first reported late last month, 11 GOP politicians who experts consider to be potential or likely candidates for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024 will attend the annual meeting of leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) in Las Vegas.

They are Pence, Pompeo, Haley, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rick Scott of Florida, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, DeSantis, Hogan, Sununu and former Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.


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