DONALD Trump has teased that his supporters will be "very happy" with his decision on whether to run for president again in 2024.
The former commander-in-chief made the coy remarks in an interview with conservative firebrand Candace Owens on her Daily Wire talk show, which is due to air tonight.
When quizzed by Owens whether he'll be launching a bid to re-take the White House, Trump responded: "The answer is I'm absolutely enthused.
"I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time," he continued, according to The Hill.
"As you know, it's very early. But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement."
Though stopping short, had Trump officially declared his candidacy, he would be required to disclose his finances, and election laws would dictate how he could spend his money until the election.
"You know for campaign finance reasons, you really can't do it too early because it becomes a whole different thing," Trump told Owens. "Otherwise I think I'd give you an answer that you'd be very happy with."
"So we're looking at that very, very seriously," he continued. "All I'd say is: stay tuned."
Owens then joked about joining Trump as his vice president on the 2024 ticket, an idea the ex-president described as "fantastic".
"What a good choice that would be," he said. "That would be fantastic. You would be fantastic."
Owens responded: "I guess I'll take you at your word, that in 2024 Trump and Owens are going to be on the ticket."
Trump has also touted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as his potential running mate in the next election.
On Thursday, Trump told Fox: "He's a friend of mine. I endorsed Ron, and after I endorsed him, he took off like a rocket ship. He's done a great job as governor."
Owens' wide-ranging interview with Trump is due to air on her show "Candace" at 9pm ET on The Daily Wire.
During the show, Trump also weighs in on President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress and speaks about the hostile reception GOP Sen. Mitt Romney received in Utah over the weekend.
Trump told Owens that he watched "with great pleasure" as Romney, who voted to convict Trump in both of his impeachment trials, was "booed off the stage".
Romney, a centrist, was also met with heckles of "traitor" and "communist" as he gave an address at the Utah Republican convention on Saturday.
"People get it, you know they get it," Trump said. "They know phonies and they know people we affectionately call people RINOs [Republicans in name only].
"But they know phony people," he assured.
With a 2024 run seeming all but confirmed, last week sources close to Trump told CNN he has initiated conversations with advisers about restarting his signature Make America Great Again rallies.
Having told Owens his decision would be confirmed "at the right time", Trump previously suggested to Don Bongino that the announcement would be made after the 2022 midterm races conclude.
"So I'm giving it very serious consideration," Trump said on Bongino's podcast.
"If you do it, I think probably the most appropriate time would be right after the '22 election, that's my opinion. Could do it sooner, but I think right after the election would be good, especially if you have a good election."
After being banned from social media in the wake of the January 6 riots, Trump has been slowly edging his way back into the political spotlight, hosting GOP events at his Mar-a-Lago estate and appearing for interviews on cable news.
On Monday night, the 45th US President ripped into Biden while headlining the Susan B Anthony List's Pro-Life Leaders Summit in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday night.
During his address, Trump reprised a number of his favorite insults for Biden, targeting his mental acuity, while calling him "one of the most extreme and radical presidents we've had."
The former reality TV star reportedly joked that Biden "wasn't doing great academically, even when he was in his prime."
At the close of his remarks, Trump claimed the handling of the entire 2020 election was a "big lie" – reprising an unfounded claim he's repeatedly espoused since losing to Biden in November.
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