Recent comments made by a pair of top Republican officials seem to suggest President Trump may not run for re-election in 2020.
The comments, made by Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, have cast doubt on whether or not Trump would run despite raising millions for his campaign.
The question is – do Paul and Christie know something the general public does not, or are they simply speculating?
The Kentucky senator’s comments indicate that members of the Republican party currently do not know if the President will run or not. Yet. (Comments come at about the 10:19 mark)
Kasie asks good questions. The republicans are messed up good by Trump been a president. https://t.co/k6d0dGl4Hs
— Kazuyo (@mamafantastic) October 30, 2017
When asked about the potential for a Republican primary, Paul said he thinks “no one can stop primaries from happening and there could well be a primary that happens.”
“Before you even get to that, you need to know, is President Trump running for re-election?” he asked. “I think you won’t know that until you get into sort of – second, third year of his presidency.”
Governor Christie echoed that uncertainty, expressing it during an interview with Matt Lauer late last week, in which he offered support for the President.
“If he runs again I would support him, yes, but I’m not so sure what will happen,” the Trump insider admitted.
Christie says he’s not certain Trump is going to run for re-election https://t.co/FJX53CJRvv
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) October 27, 2017
“Four years is a long time, and especially for someone who has not spent a lifetime in politics, so I think those years affect him differently,” Christie added. “So I’m sure the president will make whatever decision is best for him and his family and the country.”
Like Christie, Paul insisted the President would have his support should he decide to run.
“I can’t see myself supporting anybody but Trump,” he said.
The decision not to run would be highly unconventional, as only three previous presidents opted not to run for re-election at the end of their first term – James K. Polk, James Buchanan, and Rutherford B. Hayes.
If Democrats have their way, President Trump might not make it to the end of his first term, let alone be up for re-election.
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