On his last day in office, former President Donald Trump promised his tens of millions of supporters that he would be back, in some form, which generated plenty of speculation as to what exactly he meant by that promise.
According to the Washington Examiner, former White House official and close Trump ally Richard Grenell revealed that the former president is very much interested in making a future run for the White House.
Richard Grenell, who served as both an ambassador and acting director of national intelligence during Trump’s time in the White House, broke the news over the weekend during an interview with Newsmax.
“He’s told me personally, multiple times, that he does want to run again,” Grenell said. “We’ll see if that holds,” he added while pointing out that 2024 is still a long way off.
Grenell’s reveal was widely celebrated by Trump’s supporters on social media, but many are also at least somewhat concerned at the possibility of that plan being totally derailed in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, set to take place on February 8.
Should 17 Republicans break rank and join with Democrats in convicting Trump on the “incitement” charge passed two weeks ago in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, it could potentially eliminate Trump’s chances of ever holding public office in the future.
Grenell was also asked about the idea of forming a third party — a “Patriot Party” — to separate Trump’s supporters from the Republican party in upcoming elections, but Grenell shot down the idea, saying that it’s more important to “work very hard on the Republican Party.”
In an earlier report from the Washington Examiner, former senior adviser to the president’s reelection campaign, Jason Miller, also crushed the idea of a third party launch, saying instead that the president will focus on winning back majority control of both chambers of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.
Miller went on record as saying Mr. Trump “has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022. There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that.”