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Donald Trump is going to campaign again for the presidency of the United States and he owes a lot of the credit to New York prosecutors, his former advisor said.
Steve Bannon, who served as the chief White House strategist for President Trump, made the prediction on the Newsman Show “Spicer & Co,” hosted by former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
“Donald J. Trump is running again in 2024, there’s absolutely no doubt about that,” he said before getting into the charges that were filed against the Trump Organization and its CFO this week.
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“This is all a plot by the Attorney General Letitia James, the district attorney of New York, because they couldn’t get President Trump on any of the other impeachments, any of the phony stuff. They had to trump up these charges for really, fringe benefits to employees over 15 years to try to stop him. They’re not going to stop him,” Bannon said.
“This is only going to make the MAGA movement more determined. This is what happens in a third world country. This is what the Chinese Communist Party (does) to people when they gtet out of power,” he argued.
This movement is on the march. Donald Trump is going to run for president again and I gotta tell you, he’s not gonna be stopped by a punch of pencil necks in New York City that are putting up these trumped up charges to try to stop him, it’s only gonna empower him,” he said.
Bannon had referred to Trump’s visit to the Southern border and his subsequent interview with Sean Hannity where he said he made up his mind about running for president in 2024.
“You are not going to answer, but I have to ask, where are you in the process,” Hannity said to Trump on his Fox News show on Wednesday about a potential 2024 presidential campaign. “Let me ask you this, without giving the answer, what the answer is, have you made up your mind?”
“Yes,” the 45th President of the United States said.
“If you move forward, you know how difficult it is, but you seem ready to reengage in that battle,” the host said later.
“It’s not that I want to,” Trump said. To him. “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.”
Trump was in Texas on Wednesday alongside Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott held a few events together before the 45th president was visiting the border in the Rio Grande Valley.
When Trump was walking on stage, Acosta rudely shouted at Trump to ask if he will “apologize” for the incident at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
“Trump, will you apologize about January 6?” Acosta yelled.
The crowd did not appreciate the question and began booing the CNN reporter.
Trump’s response was also fitting: he didn’t even acknowledge Acosta.
CNN's Jim Acosta asks Trump if he will apologize for the Jan 6 Capitol riot. The question is met with boos from the audience. pic.twitter.com/34afF5jhGB
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Acosta also claimed on Wednesday that Abbott and his staff are blocking reporters from having access to Trump.
“TX Gov. Abbott and his staff are blocking press access to his event today with Trump. They’ve decided to turn their roundtable discussion into a “pool” coverage event. However, in addition to pool, Abbott’s team is selectively allowing certain non-pool outlets into the event,” Acosta tweeted.
TX Gov. Abbott and his staff are blocking press access to his event today with Trump. They’ve decided to turn their roundtable discussion into a “pool” coverage event. However, in addition to pool, Abbott’s team is selectively allowing certain non-pool outlets into the event. pic.twitter.com/9MNOvfLU1Z
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 30, 2021
Earlier in the day, Trump highlighted Joe Biden’s apparent cognitive dysfunction, stating that Biden would not be able to ace a cognitive test if given one.
“Anyway, but he has done a really good job. So — and there’s my doctor right over there. My doctor. He said, ‘You know, sir, if you want, you’re really smart, you would have taken the cognitive test.’ I said, ‘What’s that, Doc Ronny,’ right? Now we call him Mr. Congressman. What a job you’ve done, Ronny. They went after him and it didn’t work out too well,” said Trump about former White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, who’s now serving as the U.S. representative for Texas’ 13th congressional district.
“The Democrats went after him like you wouldn’t believe,” added Trump, referring to the Democrats’ criticism of the physician. “But he did a test. Did I ace it? I aced it.”