Donald Trump has declared his intention to seek the White House again in 2024, ignoring the appeals of Republicans who warn that his continued influence on the party is largely to blame for its weaker-than-expected showing in the midterm elections.
Mr. Trump’s unusually early announcement was motivated in part by a calculation that a formal candidacy may help shield him from multiple investigations into his attempts to cling to power after his 2020 defeat, which led to the attack by his supporters on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021., as well as into highly sensitive documents held at his private club in Florida.
“We will make America wealthy again,” he said as he concluded an hour-long speech at Mar-a-Lago, his club. “We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. We will make America glorious again. And we will make America great again.”
Context: Trump has been eager to announce a campaign since this summer, nearly did so last week and told some advisers that he was concerned another delay would signal weakness. He sought, too, to blunt the momentum gathering behind Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, and to claim the mantle of the G.O.P. front-runner.
Trump Organization tax-fraud trial: Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of Trump’s family business, testified in State Supreme Court in Manhattan yesterday.
Mike Pence, the former vice president, suggested that he would not support Trump in the Republican primary: “I think we’ll have better choices.”
Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California resoundingly won the Republican nomination for House speaker. Now, all eyes are on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s next move, with Democrats poised to lose control of the House of Representatives.