Former President Trump could be a presidential candidate by the end of the year, according to Kellyanne Conway, a top Trump adviser and his 2016 campaign manager.
In an interview Friday with CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, who was asked if Trump, who has indicated he plans to run again, would announce his candidacy after the midterm elections, by Day Thanksgiving, Conway replied, “Well, he would like that.”
“He is as active as anyone in this midterm election. That’s also important to the calculus, Catherine, because we have the most ironic, if not unprecedented, situation right now,” Conway said. “We have a president, a current president, whose party really doesn’t want me to campaign with them.”
“I think once those midterms are over, President Trump can assess the timing of his announcement,” Conway continued. “I’ll tell you why he wants to run for president: Donald Trump wants his old job back.”
When, said his advice to Trump was to wait a few months. Conway, the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign, served as an adviser to the former president for most of his term.
“My advice to the president privately is my advice to him publicly, which is: ‘If you want to announce, wait until right after the midterms,'” he said this summer.
As he suggested in July, Conway reiterated his sentiment that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a possible 2024 presidential candidate who is currently dealing with the devastation wrought by, it must wait to run. Finishing two terms as Florida governor, he said, would better position DeSantis for a future presidential bid. “He has the skills, the temperament, the energy and the commitment to do it,” Conway told Herridge.
“Many of his generational peers will have been in the United States Senate,” Conway continued. “So if you are running against Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Marco Rubio, say Josh Hawley, Tom Cotton and others, Ron DeSantis, your argument is that you have been in the United States Senate, sometimes in the minority party, to times in the majority party, but what do you have to show? They will have to answer those questions. He will say, I have been the governor of the third largest state. Look what I’ve done “.
She dismissed the idea that Trump and his political team are worried about DeSantis’ competition in 2024: “I don’t think they are, no,” she said. “They are friends, they are allies. I think people want Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump to be two scorpions in a bottle.” She added: “They just aren’t.”
The interview with Conway airs on CBS news broadcast Friday.
Grace Kazarian contributed to this report.