President-elect Donald Trump said Monday he is running in 2020, the latest in a string of high-profile politicians who have vowed to run.
“I have a lot of respect for myself and the country,” Trump told reporters at Trump Tower in New York.
“I think that the country is very, very well.
I’m not running to be president.
I want to be a leader.
I’ve done that before.”
While there are no formal criteria for what it takes to run for president, the rules are very strict.
If a candidate cannot meet the party’s standard of being a “serious” candidate and can’t win a primary or caucus, he or she will not be eligible to run in 2020.
Trump’s decision to run was a departure from previous presidents.
Trump, who is known for his unpredictability and unorthodox approach to politics, had repeatedly ruled out a 2020 run for the White House.
But in a bid to gain traction with voters in the early stages of the 2016 election cycle, Trump made a pitch for 2020 that was at odds with party leaders.
Trump called for the GOP to embrace him for the nomination, saying he would be a “great” president.
Trump has faced scrutiny over his comments in the past, including a statement last year that he would not be the “presumptive nominee” of the Republican Party.
“It’s not about me,” Trump said in a June interview with Fox News.
“It’s about the country.
It’s not really about me.
It will be decided by the people.”
At the time, he said he was “not running to take the nomination,” but later backed away from that statement, saying it was a “misstatement.”
The Republican Party said in an emailed statement that Trump’s decision was “a very bold one.”
“It is clear to the party that he will not run,” the statement said.
“His announcement is further proof that the Republican National Committee will be fully engaged in this process and that he intends to run.”
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