Former President Donald Trump on Saturday strongly hinted that he would enter the 2024 presidential race, coming close to confirming a 2024 rematch with President Joe Biden during a surprise visit to a New York City police station.
Trump did not take part in Saturday morning’s memorial service for the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center—it was attended by Biden and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton—but he did appear several miles away in Midtown Manhattan, where he told an audience of police and firefighters that while he couldn’t say yet if he planned to run, “I know what I’m going to do” and “I think you’re going to be very happy.”
He said “ridiculous” campaign finance laws prevented him from saying more.
After praising his administration’s handling of the economy, Trump attacked Biden’s withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, calling it “gross incompetence” that “left Americans behind, and others too.”
It was the second time in a day that Trump criticized how Biden ended the war: In a short video released to mark the 9/11 anniversary, the former president blasted Biden’s approach as “bad planning [and] incredible weakness” that made him “look like a fool.”
“Oh, that’s a tough question,” Trump joked when asked if he was going to run for president again. “Actually, for me it’s an easy question.”
When Will Trump Answer the Big 2024 Question? (New York Times)