Will Donald Trump run again in 2024?

Donald Trump has left the White House after finishing his one term presidency but has pledged his political movement is ‘only just beginning.’

The reality star-turned president has left office after two months of ranting about perceived injustices stemming from his failed bid to retain the presidency last year.

His actions sparked a riot at the US Capitol and he’s landed himself in all sorts of legal problems.

But Mr Trump has played such a huge role in political life both in Washington and around the world for the past four years and is unlikely to just disappear from the limelight. He signed off his time as President by saying ‘we’ll be back in some form.’

There’s fierce speculation around what he may choose to do next, including enduring questions over whether he may seek to win back the White House.

We do know what his immediate actions will be. After his early morning send-off at a military airfield in Maryland, Mr Trump is travelling to his own Florida resort in Mar-a-Lago.

From there he will give up his access to the presidential jet Air Force One and begin life as a private citizen.

Here we look at the options for what lies ahead for Mr Trump post-presidency.

Will Donald Trump run in 2024?

Donald Trump has not formally announced his intention to try to regain the presidency at the next election in 2024, although it has been strongly hinted. 

Straight after the last poll in November, Mr Trump was reportedly telling aides he wanted to have another run, even as he fiercely denied he had lost to Joe Biden. 

The outgoing President received 69.5 million votes – more than Barack Obama in 2008 – so there is still a huge amount of support for him in the US.

Whether Trump could run again as a Republican candidate or as the head of a new political party also remains to be seen. 

Key Republican figures including senator Mitch McConnell and vice president Mike Pence have sought to distance themselves from Mr Trump after the storming of the Capitol. 

Many Republicans are hoping the party can regain its more moderate image in the wake of the turbulent Trump years. 

He could face a battle with his former allies, including Trump-supporting senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, for the nomination. 

Faced with being phased out of the Republican party, Mr Trump has begun talking about forming a new political movement. 

He spoke with his top aides about creating a new political party called the ‘Patriot Party’ last week to continue the ‘Make America Great Again’ movement, according to reports.

US politics has traditionally been dominated by two political parties and attempts to challenge this duopoly in the past have always fallen flat but Mr Trump has upset the odds on many previous occasions. 

If he doesn’t run, he’s likely to hold huge influence over who the next president will be. The army of Trump followers will be looking to see who their leader endorses amid speculation that another member of the Trump family may put themselves forward for the role.

What will Donald Trump do next?

Whatever happens in 2024, Mr Trump now faces at least four years in the political wilderness and there has been fierce speculation over how he plans to fill his time. 

He may decide to return to his business empire and capitalise on the ever-increasing infamy of the Trump brand. 

New projects bearing his name – including a Trump Tower in Moscow – have been mooted alongside other construction projects in the Middle East. 

He may turn his attention to cementing his huge media profile by either starting or taking over a TV station. 

Mr Trump has been banned from Twitter and suspended from Facebook so is searching for a new mouthpiece to communicate with his millions of fans. 

He may look to start his own social media platform or TV company so he can go head-to-head with the ‘mainstream media’ he so despises. 

Before he can fashion a new life for himself, there is still significant fall-out from his four years in the White House to deal with. 

He faces impeachment proceedings for inciting a mob to run riot in Washington which could end in him being banned from standing for public office again.

Long-running legal disputes – including claims his team broke campaign finance rules by paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels – could also come back to bite him once he loses the protection from prosecution that the presidency provides. 

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Joe Biden inauguration 2021

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are preparing to be sworn into office during the inauguration ceremony today.

During the ceremony, Mr Biden will deliver a speech outline his vision for his term as president.

You can follow all the updates on our Inauguration Day live blog.

Here are the latest updates from January 20:

  • Donald and Melania Trump leave White House for the final time as Joe Biden prepares to move in
  • Full list of pardons granted by Trump in his final hours as president
  • Donald Trump tells fans ‘we’ll be back’ then ends presidency to disco hit YMCA
  • Full list of Donald Trump orders Joe Biden set to undo on his first day
  • Melania Trump set to hold more power than Donald as ‘tide turns’ on marriage

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