Why Donald Trump could run for president in 2020
The Republican front-runner could run in 2020 for the first time, sources say, despite some warning that he could get bogged down in the 2016 campaign.
The presumptive nominee would face off against Democrat Hillary Clinton and Democratic rivals Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Gov.
The candidates are expected to announce their candidacies in a conference call later Thursday.
The sources, who requested anonymity to discuss the private conference call, said the announcement is a long shot.
But the prospect of a contested Democratic primary is an opening for the businessman-turned-politician to capitalize on.
And the Trump campaign could use it to ramp up its appeal to Republican voters.
Trump is in the midst of a massive rebuilding effort in his presidential campaign, and the campaign has not publicly addressed the possibility of a bid.
His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that the real estate magnate has no plans to enter the race.
Trump has made clear he does not believe he is the nominee and that he will seek the Democratic nomination.
In an interview with the conservative Breitbart News, Trump said that if he was elected president, he would seek to bring the country together.
He would make “a deal with [Clinton] that’s a very bad deal,” he said.
“It’s a terrible deal, and she would not have made it.”
Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Wednesday that he would not be involved in the 2020 campaign.
“I don’t think I’ll be doing that.
I think the American people are smart enough to make that choice,” Trump said.
Trump’s comments come after reports emerged that the presumptive nominee is considering a bid for the White House in 2020.
His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are the main backers of his campaign.
Trump also reportedly met with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Gov.
Andrew Cuomo and former President Bill Clinton.
Trump could also face the prospect that the GOP nominee could not run because he was unable to secure enough delegates in the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
The convention began Tuesday and is expected to run until July.
Clinton has said she plans to hold the convention in July to try to get delegates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia to back her bid for president.