Former President Donald Trump is rejecting the idea of becoming the House speaker if the Republicans win back the chamber this fall and says he’s not deciding on whether he’ll run for president in 2024 until after he sees what happens in the November midterm election.
“It’s not something I want,” Trump said in an interview on the Real America’s Voice program “Just the News” about calls from Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and other Republicans to nominate him as House Speaker. “A lot of people bring it up. It’s brought up all the time. It’s not something I would be interested in.”
Gaetz this past weekend while speaking at Trump’s rally in Commerce, Georgia a few days before the interview was televised, announced to the crowd that he intends to nominate the former president to lead the House if their party regains control of the chamber.
“Well, that was interesting,” Trump said when taking the mic after Gaetz’s comments, which the congressman has repeated often. Trump didn’t elaborate further on the matter.
Trump also insisted in the interview that he won’t decide on a third presidential race until after the midterms.
“I want to look at what’s happening, and then we’re going to be doing something else,” he commented, insisting that he thinks the elections this year and in 2024 will serve as a test for the future of the United States.
“We don’t have a free press,” he said. “We really don’t have free speech anymore. It’s very bad, very dangerous. These elections are going to be absolutely critical for this country.”