President Donald Trump has once again said he is not running in 2020.
But while the president has not formally said so, his public comments have hinted at his eventual exit.
“The next four years are going to be challenging, but I’m not running.
I’ve said that from the very beginning,” Trump told supporters in Pennsylvania on Monday.
“I think I’ve proven that I can run a successful campaign, and I’m going to make sure that happens.”
Trump’s decision to remain in office has led some to question whether the White House is ready to embrace a coronavirus-free 2020.
The president has consistently denied any plans for a 2020 campaign, despite the fact that he won reelection in November 2016.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Trump said he wanted to spend more time with his family, and that he was not going to pursue a 2020 bid.
“I don’t know if I want to do it,” Trump said, before suggesting he might want to retire to spend time with family.
“It’s a tough situation, but, you know, I’ve spent my whole life running, and we’re going to see if we can do it.”
Asked about the possibility of a 2020 run, Trump’s top strategist Stephen Bannon told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that the president was “probably going to leave us in 2020.”
“He’s probably going to run for president again,” Bannon said.
“He’s got an opportunity to be very, very, important in a very, small way.”
In a new tweet on Monday, Trump praised Vice President Mike Pence for not seeking re-election, but suggested the administration should be more proactive in its efforts to stop the spread of coronaviruses.
“While the President may not want to run in 2020, we can help keep him from doing so,” Bannon tweeted.
“We need to be proactive in getting out the word about this dangerous virus, which is why we are urging all Americans to get vaccinated now and get to work.
It’s going to take time, but we can all do something.”