Former President Donald Trump has urged that he is preparing to run for president and has suggested an announcement will be made soon.
Trump, who has repeatedly said he has made a decision for the 2024 race, was asked by Fox News Digital at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas when Republicans could expect a formal announcement.
“It’s certainly not a very long time, the time will come,” said the former president. “I think people will be very happy, our country has never been in a situation like this, we lost everything.”
Trump said America faces both domestic and foreign policy crises. In particular, he argued that the country’s “prestige” had been damaged by President Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Our country has never been in a worse spot,” Trump said. “You gave away $85 billion worth of equipment, dead soldiers, you probably still have Americans hostage over there, eventually it will be hostages, there’s never been a time like this.
“We will be making an announcement in the not too distant future,” Trump added.
The comments came shortly after CPAC unveiled its straw poll showing Trump as the overwhelming favorite for the 2024 GOP nomination among the conservative base. Trump received nearly 70% of the votes cast at the conference, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis coming in second with 23.7%.
Trump has been active within the Republican Party since leaving the White House in January 2021.
The former president has endorsed an extensive list of candidates running for everything from local and state office to the United States Senate.
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