Mulvaney says he 'absolutely' expects Trump to run again in 2024 if he loses

Source: The Hill | November 5, 2020 | Morgan Gstalter

Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Thursday that he “absolutely” expects President Trump to run again in 2024 if he loses his current reelection bid.

Mulaney, who serves as special envoy for Northern Ireland, made the prediction while participating in a webinar hosted by the Dublin think tank Institute for International and European Affairs.

“I would absolutely expect the president to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024,” Mulvaney said, according to The Irish Times.

Mulvaney, who also served as Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, noted that the president would be younger than Democratic nominee Joe Biden is now should he run again in four years.

He described Trump as a “very high-energy 74-year-old” and expects him to be “further engaged in 2024 or 2028 if he were to lose this next election.”

Mulvaney added that Trump “doesn’t like losing.” However, he rejected suggestions that Trump’s decision to file a series of lawsuits in battleground states still counting votes is a threat to democracy.

“It should not surprise anybody that there are lawyers and that there are lawsuits, and it is not a tacit admission of loss, any more than it is a declaration of victory,” he said.

Earlier Thursday, Mulvaney vowed that Trump would facilitate a peaceful transition of power should Biden come out the ultimate victor.

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