Donald Trump has repeatedly teased that he will run for president again in 2024 and vowed to make a “very big announcement” in Florida next week.
Speaking at a rally in Ohio the night before the midterm elections, Mr Trump “I will be making a very important announcement on Tuesday, November 15th at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach,” said.
He didn’t reveal much, adding: “We don’t want anything to detract from the importance of tomorrow.”
While the former president did not provide further details about the announcement, many have been predicting that he may announce his candidacy in 2024 to benefit from expected Republican gains in the midterm elections.
In his two-hour speech, Trump urged Americans to “make a huge red wave” to vote Republican, adding that the country was “crazy” under a Joe Biden administration.
The former president also said it would “end” Nancy Pelosi political career, and criticized immigrants at the southern U.S. border for calling it a “great opening.”
Americans headed to the polls today for the midterm elections that could change the balance of power in Washington and the nation.
The outcome will determine Mr. Biden’s success and popularity, with Democrats either maintaining control of Congress or losing it to Republicans.
Some of the key issues dominating the election include abortion, gun crime, education and immigration.
Biden, speaking at his closing rally in Maryland on Monday night, urged Americans to “get out and vote,” adding: “This will shape what it will look like for decades to come.”
The president appeared alongside first lady Jill Biden, warning his supporters that if Republicans took control of the House, “they’re going to get rid of what we just did”.
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Trump’s timing worries some Republicans
While Mr. Trump did not announce his presidential bid last night, some Republicans worry that launching the campaign ahead of Tuesday’s vote could actually boost Democratic turnout.
The Washington Post reported that Republican National Committee Chairwoman Rhona McDaniel and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy were among those who opposed the pre-vote announcement.
Mr Trump has become increasingly clear about his plans to launch a third presidential campaign, saying in recent days that he will be “very, very, very likely” to run again and will formalize him “very, very soon”. intention of.