Trump stokes 2024 speculation with talk of his ‘next time’ at White House

Speculation about former President Donald Trump’s political future continues to heat up, as he gave a new hint on Friday about his potential plans amid an announcement from Facebook that his accounts on company platforms will remain suspended for at least two years, as the Washington Examiner reports.

Trump’s remarks came on the heels of news from the social media giant indicating that the ban on content from the former commander in chief would continue until early 2023, at which point the company will re-assess whether he continues to present what it deems a “risk to public safety,” according to the Associated Press.

In response to the decision, Trump issued a statement pledging, “Next time I’m in the White House, there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business,” referencing Facebook’s founder and CEO, who reportedly visited the then-president back in October of 2019.

Rumors that Trump is planning a big return to the political arena – perhaps as a 2024 presidential candidate – have been intensifying in recent weeks, particularly in light of news that he is planning a series of his signature, campaign-style rallies to be held this summer.

According to the New York Post, four events will take place in the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Georgia, and North Carolina, with at least two rallies occurring in June, with a third on tap during the July 4 holiday.

A Trump advisor told the Daily Mail last month about the upcoming events, “The president is anxious to get back out on the trail and we are getting a lot of offers and invitations from both candidates and political causes in different areas.”

Also stoking the rumor mill about Trump’s possible designs on a return to the Oval Office were his comments during a recent interview with conservative commentator and pundit Candace Owens. When asked whether he does indeed plan to seek the presidency in in the next election, he said simply that his supporters are sure to be “very happy” when his decision is made public, according to The Hill.

Trump continued, telling Owens, “The answer is I’m absolutely enthused. I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time. As you know, it’s very early. But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.”

With Trump also set to headline the North Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention on Saturday, his full-throated return to the political stage appears to be something of a foregone conclusion, and that is something certain to bring electricity and excitement to the discussion ahead of next year’s midterm elections, let alone the run-up to 2024.