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Former President Donald Trump dropped another hint this week about running for the White House in 2024.
During an interview Wednesday on the “Full Send Podcast,” the 45th president spoke about Joe Biden, the Ukraine-Russia conflict, what’s going on in America under Biden, and whether he will be running for president again.
“The question is, Don, you’ve hinted at it,” host Bob Menery began. “Are you coming back and gonna run for President of the United States?”
“The campaign finance laws don’t really allow you to discuss that unless you’re going to literally go through a different process,” Trump replied. “So, I think a lot of people are going to be really happy. You guys might be really happy but I think a lot of people are going to be very happy. But, I’ll wait.”
Trump dropped his biggest tease yet late last month that he’ll be running again for the White House in 2024 during his keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference.
In a well-received speech, Trump fired verbal salvos at President Joe Biden and his administration amid a growing crisis in Ukraine following an invasion late last week by tens of thousands of Russian troops, while promising to help restore Republicans to power in the November midterms and in 2024.
“The socialists, globalists, Marxists, and communists who are attacking our civilization have no idea of the sleeping giant they have awoken,” Trump said Saturday evening.
“But they’re going to find out the hard way, starting on Nov. 8, and then again, even more so in November 2024, they will find out like never before. We did it twice and we’ll do it again. We’re going to be doing it again a third time,” he vowed.
“The radical Left has tried to replace American democracy with woke tyranny,” Trump said. “Our mission in 2022 and in 2024 is to take on this radical and power-hungry ruling class and to deliver them an electoral defeat.”
“I have no doubt that President Putin made his decision to ruthlessly attack Ukraine only after watching the pathetic [United States military] withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Trump added.
“Yesterday, reporters asked me if I thought President Putin was smart. I said: ‘Of course he’s smart.’ … “The problem is not that Putin is smart, which of course he’s smart. But the real problem is that our leaders are dumb,” he said.
“Getting out was a good thing. I had it down to two thousand soldiers,” Trump said, referring to his decision while president to reduce the U.S. presence in the southwest Asian country. “We were going to get out with strength and dignity, but to take the soldiers, the great Army out first— we took our Army and Marines—we took them out first to do that and leave the Americans behind, leave other people behind, leave $85 billion worth of equipment behind.”
“We had 13 young people that were killed, many that were very badly hurt in the bombing and a couple of other things the way they got out,” Trump said, making reference to the Marines, U.S. Army soldier and Navy corpsman killed by a suicide bomber a few days before the final pullout. In addition, 18 other U.S. military members were wounded and 150 Afghanis were killed.
“I really think that was the most embarrassing—one of the lowest points in the history of our country,” Trump said. “And President Xi and Putin, they watched that, and I think they probably came up with ideas that they didn’t have before seeing it, because it was grossly incompetent.”