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Former President Donald Trump was discussing his New Year’s Eve resolutions with a reporter over the weekend, and one of them got a laugh out of his wife and former First Lady Melania Trump. The Trumps talked with reporters at their Mar-a-Lago resort home in Florida before celebrating with family and friends.
“We’re doing really well, I saw poll numbers just today that were fantastic and I think we’re going to do well, we’re going to make America great again,” Donald Trump said.
As he turned to leave, a reporter asked what his resolution was for him and the former first lady, to which he responded: “Well, we have a great relationship, we’ve gotten along very well from day one, and we’re going to keep it that way” — eliciting a laugh from Melania.
He also said that priorities for him should he win another term will be to tackle still-high inflation, end the chaos along the U.S.-Mexico border, and work to stop the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Trump also delivered a New Year’s message on his Truth Social account.
“HAPPY NEW YEAR to the Incredible, Brave, and Strong American Patriots who Built, Love, and Cherish America. The REAL leaders of our Country will always remain FAITHFUL and LOYAL to you. The USA will be back, Bigger & Better & Stronger than ever before. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!” he wrote.
In mid-November, roughly a week after the midterms, Trump officially announced he was running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
“America’s comeback starts right now,” Trump said to a room full of supporters. “Unlike other presidents, I kept my promises.”
“The world was at peace, America was prospering, and our country was on track for an amazing future— because I made big promises to the American People and, unlike other Presidents, I kept my promises,” he said. “Under our leadership, we were a great and glorious nation, something you haven’t heard for quite a long period of time. We were a strong nation, and importantly we were a free nation. Now, we are a nation in decline. We are a failing nation.”
Trump declared: “I am tonight again announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.”
BREAKING: President Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, announces his candidacy for re-election as president in 2024. pic.twitter.com/R7zBQmhLtk
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) November 16, 2022
When asked by reporters who he would pick as his running mate, Trump said, “I’ll let you know very soon.”
Speculation has run rampant about who Trump will select as his running mate should he capture the nomination. In October, Fox News late-night star Greg Gutfeld offered his opinion: Newly independent and former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.
During a segment on “The Five,” Gutfeld and the co-hosts discussed Gabbard leaving the Democratic Party. Gutfeld spoke highly of Gabbard, saying she is the “definition of an individual” while going on to make his prediction.
“The thing I like about Tulsi is that if she were to give you two opinions, you could not predict a third. She’s a definition of an individual. Like, I disagree with her on probably at least 30%, maybe 40% of things, but the boxes she ticks aren’t the boxes that Kamala ticks. Her boxes are achievements and ideas,” said Gutfeld.
“That’s different than skin color and where she was born — not where she was born, but whatever her background is. So, I think that is what makes her so different. I have never seen her angry in my life. And just lastly, I think she’s going to be Trump’s VP. That’s where this is going,” he said.
“But I do think when she said ‘the anti-white racism,’ she said something most people can’t say. That takes serious stones to say that, because it is true. I mean, in the Democratic Party they made it really clear that, you know, you can be racist against white people because they have it coming. And I think that’s why everybody is so desperately identifying as something else. ‘No, no, I’m not white!’ Everybody is finding something else to be. So that’s why you come to the Republican Party, or you become an independent. Then you can be who you are, you don’t have to pretend,” he added.