“The answer is I’m absolutely enthused. I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time. As you know, it’s very early, but I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement,” Trump told The Daily Wire’s Candace Owens in an interview released late on May 4.
“And, you know, for campaign finance reasons, you really can’t do it too early, because it becomes a whole different thing. Otherwise, I’d give you an answer that I think you’d be very happy with,” he said. “All I’d say is: Stay tuned.”
Campaign finance laws strictly delineate how official candidates can handle money and require quarterly disclosure of all funds raised.
Trump has regularly teased a third presidential run, but plans to hold off on announcing his decision until after the 2022 midterm elections, he has said.
Republicans believe they can flip the House of Representatives and the Senate next year before getting the White House back, though Democrats are confident in their ability to maintain control of all three.
The 2024 Republican field would change dramatically with Trump’s inclusion. Because of his popularity among GOP voters, he would likely become the favorite to win the party’s nomination. But if he decided against running again, he could position himself as a kingmaker whose endorsement would likely lead to a win for a new candidate, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis or Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).
Owens, a strong supporter of Trump, floated her name as a possible vice presidential candidate in the event of a third Trump run.
“That’s very interesting. Wow, what a good choice. That would be fantastic,” Trump responded. “You would be fantastic. And you know, I really appreciate the job you do. And everybody does.”
Owens released several clips from the interview, but the full back-and-forth is for subscribers only.
Owens launched the new show in March, saying it would be “uplifting, funny, political.”
Previous interviewees have included podcast host Dave Rubin, UFC President Dana White, and former baseball player Aubrey Huff.