Trump believes the GOP can retake Congress and the White House in 2022 and 2024, respectively.
According to prepared remarks obtained by the Associated Press, former President Donald Trump expressed hope on Saturday that Republicans will retake control of the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections and retake the White House in 2024.
Trump did not specifically state whether he would run for President in 2024 during a keynote address at the Republican National Committee’s donor summit in Florida, but he did float the possibility, according to a CBS News attendee.
The closed-door summit was held mainly at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, but attendees were taken to former President Barack Obama’s Mar-a-Lago resort to hear him talk.
“We’ve met tonight to speak about the Republican Party’s future – and what we need to do to put our candidates on a path to victory,” Trump said in his prepared remarks. “I stand before you tonight filled with hope that in 2022, we will retake the House and the Senate, and in 2024, a Republican nominee will win the White House.”
Trump also lodged attacks at his successor, President Joe Biden, accusing him of pursuing an “unpopular” legislative agenda and criticizing the increase in unaccompanied children that have been arriving at the US-Mexico border.
“With an agenda this unpopular, it is no wonder that Joe Biden is the first new president in modern times not to address a joint session of Congress within his first few weeks,” according to the former president’s prepared remarks.
Trump and other top Republican leaders have reportedly expressed hope that by hammering Biden on his immigration policies, Republicans will reclaim control of Congress.
Throughout his presidency and during the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, the former president advocated for hardline immigration measures and the building of a southern border wall.
Biden has worked to distance himself from the Trump administration‘s harsher policies on family separation.
The GOP meeting takes place as Republicans are shut out of power in Washington, DC, with Biden in the White House and Democrats controlling both the House and the Senate, though by small margins.
Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota, as well as Senators Rick Scott of Florida and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, were among those in attendance, as were some potential 2024 GOP candidates who would possibly launch campaigns if Trump refuses to run.