Former President Donald Trump appeared to drop a serious clue about his presidential marketing campaign plans for 2024 Saturday when he skipped out on ceremonies marking the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 and as a substitute popped in on Manhattan cops and firefighters.
Requested by one of many officers on the seventeenth Precinct close to Trump Tower if he was going to run once more, the previous president teased: “Oh, that’s a tricky query.”
Then he added: “Truly, it’s a simple query. I do know what I’m going to do, however we’re not presupposed to be speaking about it but … However I feel you’re going to be very joyful.”
Trump stated he was holding off on an announcement due to “marketing campaign finance legal guidelines, which, frankly are ridiculous.”
The longer Trump delays declaring that he’s a candidate, the longer he can proceed to fundraise whereas dodging contribution reporting necessities.
Trump has begun to look an increasing number of like he could run. Final week he had a convention name with a number of members of his newly fashioned Religion Advisory Board of non secular leaders, and ordered them to search out extra Catholics and Jewish votes for him.
He additionally has a political rally deliberate for Georgia late this month, and one in Iowa subsequent month.
“Prepare for the longest presidential marketing campaign in historical past,” quipped The Washington Publish.
The glad-handing assembly on the precinct additionally appeared like a marketing campaign cease, as Trump hailed his “hero” cops, even after defending Jan. 6 insurrectionists who attacked police. “We love the blue,” he claimed.
Twitter critics, in the meantime, got here down exhausting on Trump for blowing off the nation’s solemn tributes to 9/11 victims.
President Joe Biden, and former Presidents Invoice Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama attended the somber name-reading ceremony of victims in Manhattan. First Girls Jill Biden, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama have been additionally on the scene.
Former President George W. Bush, who was president when the assault occurred, spoke from the sphere in Shanksville, Penn., the place Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, throughout a wrestle between terrorists and passengers.
Bush attacked each overseas and home terrorists in his speech. “Now we have seen rising proof that the hazards to our nation can come not solely throughout borders, however from violence that gathers inside,” he stated.
Biden, who talked of the necessity for unity in Shanksville, additionally attended a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
A spokesperson for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum confirmed to The New York Occasions that Trump was invited to the ceremony at Floor Zero. However he opted to skip it, based on his spokesperson Liz Harrington.
He and his son Donald Trump Jr. as a substitute have been scheduled to present commentary Saturday for a pay-per-view heavyweight battle between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort on the Seminole Onerous Rock Resort in Hollywood, Florida. The previous president reportedly boasted to pals he was going to make an “obscene” amount of cash for his remarks.
Earlier he launched a video assertion bashing Biden for his dealing with of the troop pullout in Afghanistan.
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