Donald Trump ‘won’t return’ to White House as ex-POTUS has too many ‘other challenges’

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The former President left the White House in January before Joe Biden was sworn into Washington. Speculation over Mr Trump’s potential return to office has grown since his exit.

Earlier this month during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mr Trump hinted that he may run for President again.

He claimed that he would “beat” the Democrats for a “third time” referring to the false claims that he won the 2020 election.

However, Allan Lichtman, a political historian from the American University in Washington, said it is unlikely that Mr Trump will return to the White House in 2024.

The expert told the Miami Herald’s Andre Oppenheimer that it is “very unlikely” that Mr Trump will be the Republican nominee in 2024 or even return to the White House as a candidate for a third party.

Mr Oppenheimer wrote for the Miami Herald: “Lichtman became a household name in political circles when he accurately predicted Trump’s victory before the 2016 elections, when all the major polls and pundits were saying that Hillary Clinton would be the next president.

“He has created a system of ‘13 keys’ — 13 questions whose answers have allowed him to predict the winner of almost every U.S. presidential election since 1984.

“When I talked to him recently, he told me that it’s way too early to forecast which party will win in 2024, but that Trump is unlikely to become the Republican candidate because, ‘He has too many other challenges facing him’.”

Mr Lichtman has correctly predicted the outcome of almost all of the US presidential elections in more than three decades.

According to the Washington Post, Mr Trump faces at least 29 civil and criminal lawsuits against him or his properties.

Mr Lichtman told the Miami Herald: “[Trump’s] got $400 million-plus in loans coming due. His brand is failing. His businesses are failing.

“He has a huge IRS audit. He doesn’t hold office anymore. He’s lost his Twitter feed.”

Mr Lichtman claimed that the former President will make it look as if he’s going to run again but explained that Mr Trump’s resources will be greatly diminished by 2024.

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During his CPAC speech, Mr Trump appeared to acknowledge that leaving the Republican party might cause them to “never win” a future election and dismissed the idea that he will start his own political group.

He joked to the crowd: “Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Let’s start a new party so we can divide our vote and never win.”

Mr Trump added: “We have the Republican party. It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before.”

In his CPAC speech, Mr Trump also repeated his false claims that he lost November’s election to Mr Biden because of electoral fraud.

He said: “Actually you know they just lost The White House.

“But who knows – who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time, OK?”

According to Mr Lichtman, Vice President Kamala Harris would be the “obvious choice” for the Democrats’ 2024 candidate.

But he also “wouldn’t count Biden out” despite the fact he will be 82-years-old in 2024.

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