Trump files candidacy statement for 2024 and takes stage at Mar-a-Lago

Shortly before taking the stage at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, former President Donald Trump filed a statement of candidacy for the 2024 presidency with the Federal Election Commission. As he entered the room with former First Lady Melania Trump, Trump was introduced as the “next President” of the United States, teasing his expected announcement.

“Two years ago we were a great nation and soon we will be a great nation again,” Trump told his supporters.

mr trump is done expected to announce On Tuesday night, he is running for the presidency for the third time. are trump signs in recent weeks And months that he would. “I will very, very likely do it again,” Trump told rally-goers in Iowa earlier this month.

He plans to announce his candidacy in front of supporters and his family from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Republicans are still roaming by the voters’ rejection of his many candidates for the major castes—many of whom were endorsed and even chosen by Trump. Still, Trump insisted it was a great night for the candidates he supports.

Some Republicans blame Trump for mounting a slate of extremist candidates who were ultimately rejected by independents and did little to inspire base voters. Senator Pat Toomey of the Pennsylvania GOP said after the elections, “The party needs to move past Donald Trump.” Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman defeated Republican Mehmet Oz in the race for Tommy’s seat.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, also suggested that Trump’s hold on the GOP ultimately hurt his chances of a “red wave”.

“The former president has significant influence and I think that influence probably hurt the party and hurt the party’s prospects on election day,” Baker told CNN.

After January 6, 2021, Trump is also facing criticism from his former Vice President Mike Pence. Attack on the US Capitol created a rift between the two.

asked by ABC News does he believe Should Trump be president again, the former vice president said it’s up to the American people, but “I think we’ll have better options in the future.”

Pence is a possible presidential candidate in 2024.

Some Trump allies urged the former president to wait until after the Dec. 6 Georgia runoff election between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker. As reported by CBS NewsBut Trump ignored them. A senior adviser told CBS News last week that he thought it would appear weak if he announced only an investigative committee and not his campaign.

On the day his announcement was expected, even one of his closest allies, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said she didn’t think Trump should announce a White House bid just yet.

“I think we need to finish 2022 before talking about 2024,” he told reporters on Tuesday. He said he thinks Trump “has a good chance of coming back – maybe a good chance – depending on how the country unfolds next year.” But first, he pointed to the Walker-Warner Senate runoff race, saying, “I like to get Georgia behind me.”

While Trump’s influence in the party remains strong, the unsuccessful races of several Trump-endorsed candidates, Florida Govt. Ron DeSantis’ major performance last week Republicans’ Failure to Capture the Senate Some have cast doubts about the former president’s 2024 prospects.

He enters the race even though he is unhappy personally and professionally. legal battle Which have not been resolved yet.

and this was the week The House January 6 Select Committee demanded that he testify. About his actions around January 6, 2021, during the attack on the US Capitol by thousands of his supporters. He’s Suing the Select Committee in an Attempt to Block the Panel sizer,

Committee Chair Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, told Trump in a letter that the panel “has gathered overwhelming evidence, including dozens of your former appointees and staff, that you personally arranged.” and oversaw a multi-part effort to subvert the 2020 presidential election and hinder a peaceful transition of power.”

Finn Gomez, Robert Costa, Major Garrett and Alan Hay contributed to this report.

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