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Donald Trump signals he might run for US presidential election 2024

'Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a great guy and doing a terrific job'
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PTI   |   New York   |   Published 08.09.22, 10:01 PM

Donald Trump has strongly indicated that he might run for the 2024 US presidential election, claiming that "everyone" wants him to contest the polls once again, a decision he said will make a "couple of people unhappy."

The 76-year-old Republican leader who has still not conceded defeat in the 2020 US presidential election to his Democratic Party rival Joe Biden, asserted that "we didn't lose."

In an interview to NDTV news channel at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, the former president said, "Everyone wants me to run, I'm leading in the polls...I'll make a decision in the very near future, I suspect. And I think that a lot of people are going to be very happy."

"I think so. A lot of people will be (happy); and a couple of people will be unhappy," he said without naming those who won't be pleased with his decision to seek another term in the White House in 2024.

While not acknowledging Biden's win and his inauguration as the 46th US President in January 2021, Trump himself has spread unproven allegations of electoral fraud in key US states, despite repeated pushback from election officials and judges in several court cases.

Replying to a question on the recent FBI raids at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on charges that he had taken away official secret files when he left the White House in 2021, Trump alleged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) planted the recovered files there, calling it an attempt to weaponise the government.

"They put (the recovered secret documents) there. It's a set up. It's weaponisation. And it's inappropriate to do and it's a bad thing for our country. And this is like Russia, Russia, Russia, and the Mueller report and all of the hoaxes that we've had to go through and it's become standard American politics and it's a disgrace," he said.

Last month, the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, the residence of the former president in Palm Beach, Florida, and reportedly recovered several classified documents related to national security interests.

"It was a terrible thing. And frankly, that's had a big impact on the population. But that was a terrible thing that they did. Raiding my home was a terrible thing. And I think it's, it's boomeranged and very negatively on them," Trump said.

Trump said he was not in Florida when he heard of the raids.

"When I heard about it, I said 'that's strange'. And it was strange. And it was very strange to the public also, to the American people, because they were not happy with it. And if you look at the result of that, you can see that they were not happy. They're very angry about it," he said.

Trump also downplayed speculation about his 40-year-old daughter Ivanka being the possible vice presidential pick for the 2024 presidential run.

"Ivanka? My daughter? Never thought of that one. I've never even heard but that's an Interesting idea...No, I wouldn't (consider it). Not my daughter," he said.

PM Narendra Modi 'doing a terrific job', says former US president

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "doing a terrific job", former US president Donald Trump has said as he asserted that India "has never had a better friend than me".

Trump made the comments in an interview with NDTV during which he spoke on a wide range of issues such as his relationship with India and Modi, the recent FBI raids at his Mar-a Lago property, the Presidential elections and the Capitol Riots.

"I've had a great relationship with India and Prime Minister Modi. We've been friends. And I think he's a great guy and doing a terrific job. It's not an easy job he's got... We've known each other a long time. Good man," said Trump, who enjoyed a close relationship with Modi during his presidency from 2017 to 2021.

India was "doing just fine with your great Prime Minister Modi, my friend," said the 76-year-old real estate mogul-turned politician who met Modi at least four-time post- 2019 general elections in India.

In his first term, Trump, a Republican, had emerged as the best friend of India at the White House taking the relationship to a new level and his friendship with Prime Minister Modi was well known, which was reflected in the two leaders addressing two joint rallies in the US and India in less than a year.

"I think India has never had a better friend than me. I don't believe that. And that's one of the relationships that, you know, I've formed. But India has never had a better friend as President than me," Trump, who is now eying to contest the presidential election in 2024, boasted.

When asked if his relationship was better than the one forged by former President Barack Obama before him or incumbent Joe Biden after, Trump said, "you'll have to ask Prime Minister Modi, but I don't think you've never had a better relationship than you had with President Trump."

India-US strategic relationship progressed at a much faster pace during the Trump Administration, which backed India after its fighter jets bombed terror training camps in Pakistan's Balakot. India launched the air attack on the terror training camp after the Pulwama terror attack on a CPRF convoy that killed 40 personnel.

Under the Trump Administration, the United States became the second-largest arms supplier to India, growing from virtually no arms sales a decade ago to more than USD 20 billion at the time.

President Trump joined Prime Minister Modi for the historic "Howdy, Modi" event at Houston's NRG Stadium where Trump addressed a huge crowd of 50,000 Indian-Americans in September 2019. Within a year, Trump visited Modi's home state of Gujarat where he received a rousing welcome. Both leaders addressed a massive gathering at the 'Namaste Trump' event at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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