Trump plans prime-time ad for 2024 despite allies pleading with him to refrain

Donald Trump plans to announce a second re-election bid, sources close to the former president have said.

Mr. Trump is expected to make an official prime-time announcement at the Mar-a-Lago club on Tuesday, despite growing concerns from GOP leaders that the move could backfire.

A senior adviser to Mr Trump also told CBS that the businessman-turned-politician had expressed concern about convening an exploratory committee, noting it would look “weak”. It comes days after Trump-endorsed candidates underperformed in a midterm race in which the former president was widely seen as the GOP’s biggest loser.

“President Trump is going to announce on Tuesday that he’s running for president. And it’s going to be a very professional, very buttoned-up announcement,” Jason Miller, a longtime adviser to Mr. Trump, told the former strategist on Friday. White House leader Stephen Bannon, adding that the former president was “excited” about a 2024 course.

Mr Trump raised concerns that re-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is “playing games” by not ending speculation about his possible 2024 presidential bid. In a lopsided statement via TruthSocial On Thursday, Mr. Trump blamed the GOP firebrand, making baseless claims that he saved Mr. DeSantis’ campaign in 2018 and, more recently, dispatched the FBI to protect Mr. DeSantis from defeat in key counties where electoral fraud would have taken place.

The hill reported that the announcement would also cost Mr. Trump financial support from the Republican National Committee for legal fees stemming from the plethora of ongoing litigation against the former president.

Republican leaders have reportedly asked Mr. Trump to hold off on his announcement, at least until a gubernatorial runoff takes place in Georgia, where Senate control could be at stake.

Re-elected New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu openly criticized Mr Trump’s strategy during a radio interview.

“He risks potentially wasting the opportunity to [Herschel] Walker will win in Georgia in their second round,” Sununu said on Friday, per The hill. “I think what the former president doesn’t understand is that if he announces… he won’t exclude anyone from the race.

He continued, “But no one else is going to announce until summer or fall for a whole variety of fundraising reasons and all that. So it’s going to be a very awkward thing with him alone in the race.

‘TRUMPTY DUMPTY,’ reads the front page in bold as a cartoon of the 45th president shows him appearing as Humpty Dumpty precariously perched on a brick wall

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After fiercely projecting a red wave ahead of midterms, GOP leaders may need to reassess Mr. Trump’s influence on voters as candidates who echoed election lies continue to lose races at the level of State.

Less than half of Mr. Trump’s nominees for Congress have lost their bids, with about 80 of his 174 congressional endorsements making their way to Capitol Hill. News channels and media outlets across the country, including Mr. Trump’s once-favourite Fox News, covered his disappointing impact on the midterm elections extensively.

“For those many people who are getting the false narrative from the corrupt media that I’m angry about the midterm exams, don’t believe it,” his statement read on Thursday. “I’m not angry at all, I did a great job (I didn’t race!) and I’m very busy looking ahead. Don’t forget that I am a “stable genius”.

He continued, “I have had such success on endorsements, perhaps success like no one has had before, both for Republican nominations and the general election itself, and I continue to receive fake news, RINO and radical left criticism, but rarely congratulations or praise.”

CBS reports that Mr. Trump’s inner circle is fed up with his constant attacks on other GOP leaders.

“I’ve never seen him more irresponsible and chaotic than he is today,” a source told the network. “He seems to be in self-destruct mode. It’s irresponsible to attack DeSantis and Youngkin, and it’s irresponsible to announce anytime in the near future, but certainly before Herschel Walker’s second round is complete.

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