Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday night spoke from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and formally announced he will run for President in 2024.
"America's comeback starts right now," he said.
“Two years ago we were a great nation and soon we will be a great nation again.”
Trump said his endorsement success rate in the midterms was 232 wins compared to 22 losses, a rate of 98.6%, “but you won’t hear about that in the media”.
Noting there were no Islamist terrorist attacks on US soil during his presidency, Trump added, "In fact, we got along very well with the various countries, including coming up with the Abraham Accords. It's a great thing."
“In order to make America glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for President of the United States,” he stated.
Minutes before the speech, AFP reported that Trump had filed White House candidacy papers with the US election authority.
Earlier, a long-time adviser confirmed to NBC News that Trump will announce he is planning to run again for President in 2024.
Last Monday, Trump spoke at a rally in Ohio on behalf of Republican candidate JD Vance, touting a November 15 announcement at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
His likely challenger for the Republican nomination is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to seek the nomination after his overwhelming victory in his re-election bid last week. Other potential candidates are Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence, his former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.
Trump recently warned DeSantis against running for president in 2024, saying, “I don’t know if he is running. I think if he runs, he could hurt himself very badly. I really believe he could hurt himself badly.”
“I think he would be making a mistake. I think the base would not like it. I don’t think it would be good for the party,” added Trump.
Trump has said in the past that he believes he would prevail in a Republican primary that may include DeSantis.
Earlier on Tuesday, DeSantis responded to Trump’s criticism of him, describing his barbs as “just noise”.
DeSantis pointed out that his easy victory over his Democratic gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist should be a “blueprint” for the party in future elections.
“I would just tell people to go check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night,” he said. “It was the greatest victory in the history of the state of Florida. It wasn’t just the best governor’s victory – it was that – but we swept in supermajorities in the Florida legislature.”