Former President Donald Trump intends to launch his 2024 presidential campaign on Tuesday, not an exploratory committee or anything else, sources close to Trump say.
The former president, who said he would make a “big” announcement on Tuesday night, has been calling around and telling aides his current plan. A senior CBS News adviser told Trump it would look weak in Trump’s mind if he didn’t launch his campaign and instead announce an exploratory committee.
Trump has endorsed a number of candidates by-elections and many of the Senate and gubernatorial candidates he supported lost their races. A nearby older source he told CBS News over the results of the midterm elections, a report the former president denies.
“For the many people who are being fed the false narrative by the corrupt media that I’m upset about the Midterms, don’t believe it,” he wrote on Truth Social on Thursday. “I’m not mad at all, I did a great job (I didn’t run!) and I’m very busy looking to the future. Remember, I’m a ‘Stable Genius’.”
potential 2024 rival, whom Trump has skewered at the Truth Social and at rallies in recent days, will speak at a closed-door meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Orlando with donors at the same time as Trump’s Tuesday announcement.
It’s a dark time in Trump’s inner circle, as several of the former president’s longtime friends, donors and aides described to CBS News in the past 24 hours. Many of them say Trump is listening to very few people, isolated and mean about his potential rivals. That sentiment took shape Friday in a social media post aimed at Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, another potential 2024 contender. Several of those Trump allies say they are tired of his bluster and are shunning him.
“I’ve never seen him more irresponsible and more chaotic than he is today,” a veteran Trump adviser who worked on the 2020 campaign told CBS News. “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 definitely before the Herschel Walker match is finalized.”
Some former Trump advisers, such as Jason Miller, appeared on television and urged the former president not to make his announcement until next month.between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican football star Herschel Walker. Republican Rep. James Comer of Kentucky told CBS News on Friday that he would “prefer” the president to wait until after Georgia. race.
CBS News reported Wednesday that a senior source close to Trump said that if he announces a bid for 2024 before the runoff, “I don’t see a way forward.” Frustrated by Trump’s political missteps, this source equated the enthusiasm toseveral thousand people attended and his 19-point victory at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago event with 100 of his friends and political advisers and his high-profile losses. It’s clear who American voters want, they said.
“This is a sinking ship,” a senior source close to Trump said of the lack of enthusiasm for the emerging Trump 2024 campaign.