Mick Mulvaney, the former acting White House chief of staff, said on Thursday that he “absolutely” expects President Trump to run again in 2024 if he loses the current election.
“I would absolutely expect the President to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024,” Mulvaney said, according to The Irish Times.
Mulvaney also served as President Trump’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He noted that President Trump would still be younger that Democratic nominee Joe Biden currently is, even if he runs again in four years.
According to him, President Trump is a “very high-energy 74-year-old” and expects him to be “further engaged in 2024 or 2028 if he were to lose this next election.”
He also added that President Trump “doesn’t like losing.” Despite that statement, he shot down suggestions that Trump’s decision to file a series of lawsuits in battleground states still counting votes is a threat to democracy.
“It should not surprise anybody that there are lawyers and that there are lawsuits, and it is not a tacit admission of loss, any more than it is a declaration of victory,” he said.
On Thursday, Mulvaney promised that Trump would facilitate a peaceful transition of power in the event that Joe Biden comes out on top.
“If the process runs, and I expect it to run, and at the end of that process Joe Biden’s the president, you can absolutely guarantee a peaceful transition of power. I just hope the same is true on the other side,” Mulvaney told CNBC.
According to the Irish Times, he reiterated his remarks during the webinar hosted by the Dublin Think Tank Institute for International and European Affairs. Mulvaney attended the webinar as the special envoy to Northern Ireland, and the webinar is where he stated that President Trump would run again in four years.
“Could things get really sloppy and messy and slow between now and then? Absolutely. They were, by the way, in 2000 as well, yet we managed to work through it,” he said, referring to the contested George W. Bush-Al Gore election.
“American elections can be a sloppy, ugly thing but it’s sort of like making law which we describe as making sausage: No one wants to see it happen but you enjoy the end product,” he added.