Former President Donald Trump appeared to drop a major clue about his presidential campaign plans for 2024 on Saturday when he skipped ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of September 11 and instead intervened on Manhattan police and firefighters.
Asked by one of the officers in the 17th District near Trump Tower if he was going to run again, the former president teased, “Oh, that’s a tough question.”
Then he added, “Actually, that’s an easy question. I know what I’m gonna do, but we’re not supposed to talk about it yet … But I think you’re gonna be very happy.
Trump said he was withholding an ad because of “campaign finance laws, which, frankly, are ridiculous.”
The longer Trump delays in declaring he is a candidate, the more he can continue to fundraise while avoiding contribution reporting requirements.
Trump started to look more and more like he could introduce himself. Last week, he had a conference call with several members of his new Faith Advisory Council made up of religious leaders, and ordered them to find more Catholic and Jewish voices for him.
He’s also scheduled a political rally in Georgia at the end of the month and one in Iowa next month.
“Prepare for the longest presidential campaign in history,” the Washington Post joked.
The cheerful reunion at the police station also felt like a campaign stop, as Trump hailed his police “heroes,” even after defending the Jan.6 insurgents who attacked the police. “We love blue,” he said.
Twitter critics, meanwhile, have severely criticized Trump for rescinding the nation’s solemn tributes to the victims of 9/11.
President Joe Biden and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama attended the grim casualty reading ceremony in Manhattan. First Ladies Jill Biden, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama were also at the scene.
Former President George W. Bush, who was president at the time of the attack, spoke from the field in Shanksville, Pa., Where Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001, during a fight between terrorists and passengers.
Bush attacked both foreign and domestic terrorists in his speech. “We have seen more and more evidence that dangers to our country can come not only from across borders, but also from the violence that is gathering inside,” he said.
Biden, who spoke about the need for unity in Shanksville, also attended a ceremony in Washington, DC
9/11 Memorial & Museum spokesperson confirmed to New York Times that Trump was invited to the ceremony at Ground Zero. But he chose to ignore it, according to his spokesperson Liz Harrington.
Instead, he and his son Donald Trump Jr. were scheduled to comment on Saturday on a pay-per-view heavyweight fight between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. The former president is said to have boasted to friends that he was going to make an “obscene” sum of money for his remarks.
Earlier, he released a video statement denigrating Biden for his handling of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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