Former President Donald Trump indicated his intention to run for president again in 2024 while speaking to New York Police Department officials on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
“Oh, that’s a tough question,” he said, when an official asked him if he would campaign for the White House again during a visit to the 17th campus near Trump Tower in Manhattan.
“Really, it’s a simple question. I know what I’m going to do, but we just don’t have to talk about it.
He claimed that campaign finance laws prevented him from announcing whether he intended to run.
“But I think you’re going to be very happy,” he said.
Mr Trump, a native New Yorker, is not expected to attend any formal memorial services on Saturday as the nation mourns the thousands of lives lost on this day 20 years ago.
Instead, Mr Trump issued a video statement thanking US service members and first responders, but also attacking President Joe Biden for his handling of the US troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.
Mr Trump is also reportedly set to appear as a ringside commentator at an Evangelical Christian event in Washington DC and a boxing event in Florida on Saturday night.
Another NYPD official asked Mr Trump if he would run to be mayor of New York City if he didn’t get another pass at the White House.
“Well, that’s an interesting question,” he said.
“We can straighten it out,” he said with a laugh. “They’ll announce in a week, ‘No offence’… it’ll be such an easy task.”
During his brief visit, the former president revived his baseless narrative that the 2020 election was “rigged” against him and continued to criticize the current administration for its withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying: “I need to know about it to this day.” I hate talking.”
Mr Trump is not expected to visit Ground Zero on Saturday, spokeswoman Liz Harrington told the new York Times.
“They had the option to participate, but they decided to honor the day with different stops,” she said.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Donald Trump