(PresidentialInsider.com)- Former President Trump suggested last week that the one thing that would keep him out of the 2024 race is poor health.
During an interview with Josh Dawsey from the Washington Post last week, Trump once again teased that he is planning to run for President again. But Trump told Dawsey while he might be in good health now, “tomorrow, you get a letter from a doctor saying come see me again.” He acknowledged that he has told his advisors that his health would be a factor in his final decision on whether or not to run.
The 75-year-old former President isn’t known to have any serious medical conditions, but at the same time, he would be 78-years-old by the time he returned to the White House if he won again in 2024.
Joe Biden, who was 78 when he was sworn in, is the oldest man to become President of the United States.
Age should be a factor. And for some Republican voters, it is a factor, especially in light of Joe Biden’s declining physical and mental health.
In his interview with Dawsey, Trump again refused to say whether he plans to run, but added his usual caveat that people will be “very happy by my decision.”
Dawsey asked the former president about the other Republicans who are considering entering the 2024 race, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and possibly Governor Ron DeSantis.
Trump told Dawsey that these Republicans won’t run if he decides to enter the race, however, Dawsey notes that none of them have ruled out challenging Trump in the Republican primary.
But Trump insisted that he couldn’t imagine they would want to run against him, arguing that they would stay out of the race either out of loyalty to him or because they know he would beat them.
About DeSantis specifically, Trump told Dawsey that Ron DeSantis only won his race for governor because Trump endorsed him. The former president also took credit for how DeSantis dealt with the COVID pandemic, saying he “allowed” DeSantis “to make decisions” because Trump gave governors “the right to do what they wanted to do.”
The former president said that he and DeSantis have a good relationship, adding that he has a good relationship with all the potential 2024 Republicans. But Trump told Dawsey, “would they run against me? I doubt they would run against me.”