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Donald Trump is set to hold two major campaign-style rallies in the coming weeks in Georgia and Iowa as speculation mounts that he’s running for president in 2024.
Trump’s Save America PAC announced that the 45th president will hold a rally in Perry, Georgia on Sept. 25 and then speak in Des Moines, Iowa on Oct. 9.
The Des Moines Register reported that Trump will be speaking at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, where he won the state in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.
Trump’s visit to Iowa is also interesting given the state caucus’ status as the first presidential nominating contest.
President Donald J. Trump announces rally in Perry, Georgia on Sept. 25, 2021
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) September 8, 2021
While Trump has not officially said whether he will seek the presidency again, a recent poll showed that he would actually defeat Joe Biden in a head-to-head 2024 match-up.
A recent survey released by Emerson College found that Trump is now President Biden 47% to 46%.
Mark Meadows, the former White House Chief of Staff under the Trump administration, says that the former President and his allies are looking to “move forward in a real way.”
Speaking to Newsmax’s Cortes and Pellegrino, Meadows said that both he and Trump were meeting with “some of our Cabinet members” as recently as that day, but he added that he was not “authorized to speak” on behalf of the former president to divulge too many details about the meeting.
According to Meadows, the meeting would not have happened at all if there were no plans to “move forward in a real way.”
“We met with several of our Cabinet members tonight. We actually had a follow-up … meeting with some of our Cabinet members. And as we were looking at that, we were looking at what does come next,” Meadows said.
“I’m not authorized to speak on behalf of the president, but I can tell you this, Steve: We wouldn’t be meeting tonight if we weren’t making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket,” he added.
Although Meadows’ remarks were vague, it does suggest that Trump may have intentions to run for office in 2024 or assume some other position in Republican politics besides acting as the de facto kingmaker for the party.
Trump previously told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he made a decision on 2024, but did not say exactly what it was.
Trump did hint at running for office again.
“You are not going to answer, but I have to ask, where are you in the process,” Hannity said to Trump on Wednesday, regarding his decision on whether to mount another White House bid. “Let me ask you this, without giving the answer, what the answer is, have you made up your mind?”
“Yes,” Trump responded.
“If you move forward, you know how difficult it is, but you seem ready to reengage in that battle,” Hannity said later in the interview.
“It’s not that I want to,” Trump said to Hannity. “The country needs it. We have to take care of this country. I don’t want to. Is this fun? Fighting constantly? Fighting always? I mean, the country, what we have done, is so important.”
Despite being several months out of office, Trump remains the overwhelmingly most popular figure in the Republican Party, with several polls suggesting that voters would choose to elect him again if he runs for office.