When Donald Trump won the election, his enemies in the swamp immediately devised schemes to drive him from office.
Their latest attempt to nullify the 2016 election is the Mueller investigation into Russia.
Now this top Senator is claiming Trump won’t run in 2020.
Senator Rand Paul has been a Trump ally since the election.
He’s defended the travel ban and fought the swamp over tax cuts and repealing Obamacare.
But in one interview, he suggested that Trump may not run in 2020.
“Another top GOP official has raised doubts about whether President Donald Trump will run for re-election.
Senator Rand Paul said Sunday night that even though the president is raising millions for a 2020 campaign, Republicans should not assume he’s running.
“There could well be a primary,” the junior senator from Kentucky said on MSNBC, after being asked if a 2020 primary would be good for the Republican Party.
Paul had prefaced his remark by saying Republicans “need to know [if] President Trump [is] running for re-election. I think you won’t know that until you get into sort of second, third year of his presidency.”
Paul is the second Trump associate to say he may not seek re-election.
Newsweek reports that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made similar statements during an interview on the Today Show:
Paul’s comment echoes what Trump insider and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told the Today show’s Matt Lauer on October 27: “If he runs again I would support him, yes, but I’m not so sure what will happen.”
Christie added, “Four years is a long time, and especially for someone who has not spent a lifetime in politics, so I think those years affect him differently. So I’m sure the president will make whatever decision is best for him and his family and the country.”
Trump, who hates losing, may be exploring his options for a graceful exit that can be framed as a win.
Paul’s and Christie’s comments came after special counsel Robert Mueller filed his first indictments in his investigation into Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, his longtime business partner, have been named in a multiple-count indictment citing money laundering and other illegalities. The indictment was unsealed Monday morning, and the charges don’t look good for a president who campaigned on “draining the swamp.”
Establishment Republicans and #NeverTrump swamp creatures are pining for a primary challenge.
They are pinning their hopes on Ohio Governor John Kasich or Arizona Senator Jeff Flake.
But their hopes are likely to be crushed.
Trump has already formed a re-election committee to fundraise for 2020.
And Trump has never walked away from a fight.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.