It appears that former President Donald Trump is definitely interested in returning to executive office, but his advisers have instructed him to wait before making an official announcement confirming his candidacy.
According to a Washington Post report, which cited people familiar with the discussions, advisers who have told impatient Trump that he has to wait before making an announcement are nervous that an early announcement would mobilize Democrats and increase participation from voters.
The Washington Post reported that “the advisers also argued that he might be more effective in electing like-minded Republicans next year if he was not an official candidate himself.”
“The biggest point we came home to was that he doesn’t want to own the midterm elections if we don’t win back the House or Senate,” said a person familiar with the talks.
An informal poll of 13 current and former Trump advisers found that 10 believed he would run, two believed this was all a simple public relations stunt, and one said they weren’t sure.
Alan is a writer, editor, and news junkie based in New York.