Former US President Donald Trump says he will participate again in 2024 elections

Former US President Donald Trump has launched his third presidential campaign, claiming, “America’s resurgence begins right now.”

“We have to save our country,” he stated from his Florida residence.

Mr. Trump’s announcement comes as some Republicans blame him for the party’s poor showing in last week’s midterm elections.

President Joe Biden, who defeated Mr. Trump two years ago, has stated that he may run for re-election in 2024.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Trump, 76, told an invited audience in the ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago private club in Palm Beach, “We are a nation in decline.” “The last two years under Joe Biden have been a time of sorrow, hardship, concern, and despair for millions of Americans.”

“To restore America’s greatness and glory, I am declaring my campaign for President of the United States tonight,” he added.

Shortly before his address, he formally declared his presidential candidacy and established a fundraising account with the Federal Election Commission.

Meanwhile, supporters gathered outside of Mar-a-Lago to wave Trump 2024 flags.

Mr. Trump’s address lasted more than an hour and touched on many of the same topics he has been reiterating on stage for months.

These included attacks on Mr. Biden’s record in office, border security, energy independence, and crime.

At the end of his speech, he was joined on stage by his wife, Melania Trump. However, there were fewer family members there than at previous gatherings, and Ivanka Trump and Donald Jr did not attend.

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Former US President Donald Trump says he will participate again in the 2024 elections

Mr. Biden was asked if he had a reaction to Mr. Trump’s announcement while attending the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.

“No, not really,” the Democratic president responded. He was caught on camera chuckling last week when a reporter indicated Mr. Trump’s support base remained robust.

Mr. Trump’s unusually early declaration for the election of 5 November 2024 is being interpreted as a strategy to get a jump on potential challengers for the Republican presidential nomination.

Although Mr. Trump is the first to enter the contest and immediately becomes the front-runner, he is anticipated to encounter competition.

They might include his former Vice President Mike Pence, 63, and rising star Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 44.

Mr. Trump avoided revisiting his unfounded accusations that the 2020 election was stolen from him by widespread voter fraud in his statements on Tuesday.

He resigned after only one term in government in 2021, unwilling to accept his defeat by seven million ballots.

His discredited conspiracy theories enraged followers, who rioted on Capitol Hill in the closing days of his presidency, as lawmakers gathered to confirm President Biden’s triumph.

Mr. Trump became the first president in history to be impeached twice, but Senate Republicans blocked congressional Democrats’ efforts to remove him from office.

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Despite advisers’ advice to postpone his announcement until after a run-off election for a Senate seat in Georgia next month, he went ahead with it on Tuesday, despite concerns that his candidacy would be too much of a distraction.

Some conservatives blame Mr. Trump for the Republicans’ failure to win sweeping victories in last week’s midterm elections.

The GOP is on the edge of taking control of the US House of Representatives, but only by a hair’s breadth.

Meanwhile, Democrats have held control of the Senate and may even increase their advantage following the December run-off in Georgia.

The results for congressional candidates favored by Mr. Trump were significantly mixed last week.

Candidates he endorsed in important states such as Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan were defeated after echoing his election conspiracies, while others won in Ohio, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.

Mr. Trump’s White House bid comes as he faces multiple investigations, including one by the Justice Department into the removal of secret information from the White House to Mar-a-Lago at the end of his term.

Conservatives laud him for appointing three Supreme Court justices and enacting massive tax cuts, as well as presiding over a Middle East peace agreement and the assassination of the Islamic State’s head.

But, throughout his four turbulent years in power, he was accused of ruling by tweet, equivocating on far-right violence, a disorganised response to the coronavirus pandemic, and alienating US allies with his “America First” approach.

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