Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, has announced his third run for the White House, with the slogan “America’s comeback starts right now.”
Speaking from his Florida mansion, he urged people to “save our country.”
Mr. Trump’s announcement comes after some Republicans held him personally responsible for the party’s disappointing showing in the midterm elections last week.
Joe Biden, who ran against and lost to Donald Trump two years ago, has said that he is thinking about running for president again in 2024.
On Tuesday night, Mr. Trump, 76, said, “We are a nation in decline,” to an invited crowd from the ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago private club in Palm Beach.
“The past two years under Joe Biden have been a time of pain, hardship, anxiety, and despair for millions of Americans.”
He then said, “I am running for president of the United States tonight to make America great and glorious again.”
Before he gave the speech, he officially ran for president and opened a campaign account with the Federal Election Commission.
At the same time, a group of Trump supporters gathered outside Mar-a-Lago to wave flags advertising the upcoming election.
Mr. Trump spoke for over an hour, covering many of the same topics he’s been discussing for months.
Mr. Biden’s record as Vice President was criticized on a number of fronts, including border control, energy independence, and crime.
Melania Trump, his wife, came out with him at the end of the speech. But there were fewer members of his family there than at previous events, and neither Ivanka Trump nor Donald Trump Jr.
Ivanka Trump, who used to be a senior advisor in her father’s administration, responded to Mr. Trump’s announcement by saying in a statement that she is leaving politics and won’t be running for office in 2024.
She explained that this time around, she was putting her family first.
Mr. Biden was asked about his thoughts on Mr. Trump’s announcement while he was at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, nearly 11,000 miles (17,700 km) away.
The Democratic president responded, “No, not really.” Last week, he was caught on camera laughing at a reporter who made it sound like Mr. Trump’s support base hadn’t changed.
People think that Mr. Trump’s unusually early announcement for November 5, 2024, election is a way for him to get a jump on any potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.
Mr. Trump may start as the frontrunner after being the first to enter the race, but he is likely to face opposition.
Among them could be rising stars like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 44, and his own 63-year-old former Vice President Mike Pence.
In his speech on Tuesday, Mr. Trump didn’t repeat his false claims that widespread voter fraud would cost him the 2020 election.
He left office in 2021 after serving for one term, refusing to concede his 7 million-vote loss.
In his last days in office, as lawmakers were getting ready to certify President Biden’s victory, his supporters rioted on Capitol Hill because of his debunked conspiracy theories.
Mr. Trump made history when he became the first president to be impeached twice, but Senate Republicans stopped the attempt to remove him from office.
Advisors urged him to wait until after a run-off election for a Senate seat in Georgia next month before making the announcement on Tuesday, but he went ahead anyway.
In the wake of the Republicans’ disappointing midterm election performance last week, some on the right have pointed the finger at President Trump.
The party is almost certain to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives, but only by the narrowest of margins.
Meanwhile, Democrats have kept their Senate majority and may even increase it after Georgia’s runoff election in December.
The outcomes of last week’s elections were decidedly mixed for Trump-backed congressional candidates.
Some of the candidates he backed in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan lost because they agreed with his election conspiracy theories. Other candidates, he backed in Ohio, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, however, won.
Mr. Trump is being looked into by more than one group at the same time. For example, the Department of Justice is looking into whether or not he broke the law by taking classified documents from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago resort during his last days as president.
Conservatives respect him for putting three people on the Supreme Court, cutting taxes by a lot, negotiating a peace deal in the Middle East, and killing the leader of the Islamic State.
But during his four tumultuous years in office, divisions in America grew as he was accused of running the country through tweets, wavered on far-right violence, had a sloppy response to the coronavirus pandemic, and pushed US allies away with his “America First” policy.