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Donald Trump said to announce 2024 presidential bid by mid-November

Trump held two rallies over the weekend in Pennsylvania and Florida and is “itching” to announce according to a source close to the former president.

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A 2024 Donald Trump presidential run announcement is very imminent. To this point, the former president has only teased the bid with no official announcement, but at his two most recent rallies over this past weekend in Pennsylvania and Florida, Trump gave his strongest hints that an official declaration could happen after the midterms. 

Trump has been on the campaign trail in recent months leading up to Election Day, tomorrow Nov. 8, rallying for Republicans across the country while also reminding the public he is still an eager candidate for 2024. 

This comes in spite of an array of legal investigations and lawsuits currently facing Trump regarding the 2020 election, the recent FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago that yielded top secret U.S. documents, and business dealings in his home state of New York. At a rally early last week in Iowa, he told attendees that he will "very, very, very probably" run for president in 2024.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Trump rallied for Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, PA, where he spoke to supporters for nearly two hours despite the rally being for Oz and Republican candidates on the ballot during the midterms. 

"I'm not going to say it right now," Trump told the crowd. "Everybody, I promise you, in the very next, very, very, very short period of time, you're going to be so happy.” 

He suggested in his speech that he would not announce so as not to steal attention from the other candidates. The results of the midterm elections also play a huge factor as to when, and how that announcement will be made, if it all. 

A source familiar with the discussions and in close communication with Trump told NBC News that he considered the rally in PA as a backdrop to announce a run, but the source said Trump’s advisers urged him not to over limelight stealing, which he agreed to not do. The source also said that Trump is “itching” to announce.

As for how soon that announcement will come, Axios first reported on Nov. 4 that a Trump campaign group and close advisers are actively discussing announcing the bid on Nov. 14 — with the official announcement possibly followed by a multi-day series of political events, according to three sources familiar with the sensitive discussions.

Trump is eager to announce his bid in part because he hopes it will further shield him from his legal issues as several of those investigations are expected to heat up after the midterm elections. 

His imminent campaign is expected to be a tightly-run operation with a team composed of members from his recently created Maga Inc political action committee as well as former staffers from his MAGA 2020 campaign. 

This will include a leadership role for the chief executive at the Save America PAC, Susie Wiles, who Trump has credited for helping him win Florida back in 2016. 2016 staffers include senior strategist Chris LaCivita, veteran pollster Tony Fabrizio and the committee’s executive director, Taylor Budowich, who is Trump’s main spokesperson. 

He also teased about bringing back his 2020 deputy campaign manager, Brian Jack and partner Justin Clark, and Scott Gast, the chief counsel for Compass Legal Group and a Trump representative with the National Archives.

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