One of President Trump’s former top deputies “absolutely” expects the president to run again in four years if he loses the 2020 election.
Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, now on assignment as the United States’ special envoy in Northern Ireland, said Thursday that Trump is a “very high-energy 74-year-old” likely to be “further engaged in 2024 or 2028 if he were to lose this next election,” The Irish Times reported.
“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 during a webinar hosted by a Dublin think tank.
Mulvaney told event attendees he wasn’t surprised by Trump campaign legal challenges in swing states. He also called it “crazy” to suggest the president was staging a coup.
“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.
“They are going to fight this out, and they should,” Mulvaney said of the Trump campaign.
“If the process runs, and I expect it to run, and at the end of that process Joe Biden’s the president, you can absolutely guarantee a peaceful transition of power. I just hope the same is true on the other side.”
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