Former President Donald Trump announced Tuesday night from his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, that he will run for president a third time. Trump announced his 2024 bid moments shortly after filing a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.
“We have to save our country,” he said at his Florida estate.
Mr. Trump’s announcement comes as some Republicans blame him for the GOP’s poor showing in last week’s midterm elections.
President Joe Biden, who defeated Donald Trump two years ago, has indicated that he may run for re-election in 2024.
On Tuesday night, Mr Trump, 76, told an invited audience from the ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago private club in Palm Beach, “We are a nation in decline.”
“The past two years under Joe Biden have been a time of pain, hardship, anxiety, and despair for millions of Americans.”
“To restore America’s greatness and glory, I am announcing my candidacy for President of the United States tonight,” he continued.
Shortly before the speech, he formally declared his presidential candidacy and established a fundraising account with the Federal Election Commission.
Meanwhile, supporters gathered outside Mar-a-Lago to wave Trump 2024 flags.
Mr. Trump’s speech lasted over an hour and covered many of the same topics he has been discussing on stage for months.
These included attacks on Mr. Biden’s record in office, border security, energy independence, and crime.
At the conclusion of his speech, he was joined on stage by his wife, Melania Trump.
Donald Trump’s potential rivals from GOP
Mr. Trump’s unusually early declaration for the 5 November 2024 election is being interpreted as a strategy to get a jump on potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.
Despite the fact that Mr. Trump is the first to enter the race and immediately becomes the front-runner, he is expected to face competition.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, 63, and rising star Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 44, could be among them.
Meanwhile, Democrats have retained control of the Senate and may even increase their majority following the Georgia run-off in December.
Some conservatives blame Mr. Trump for the Republicans’ failure to win sweeping victories in the midterm elections last week. Republicans are on the verge of gaining control of the US House of Representatives, but only by a thin majority.