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(RepublicanWire.org) – Trump has been laying the groundwork for a 2024 campaign. He already has been hosting rallies across the country and announcing endorsements. Trump’s health and how the midterms elections play out are two key factors in a possible 2024 run.

People close to the former president revealed Trump is heavily leaning towards running again.

“If the Republicans take the House and the Senate, Donald Trump will run. If we take the House OR the Senate, Donald Trump will strongly consider running. If we take neither of them, he will not run,” a person familiar with Trump’s thinking said.

President Joe Biden is a key player in Trump’s 2024 plans.

“If Biden really does run again, Trump’s running without question,” a former senior Trump administration official said.

Trump is more likely to run if the current president continues on what’s viewed as a disastrous path.

“I think he’s [Trump] going to be looking to exploit a very unpopular president,” the person familiar with the Trump team’s thinking predicted.

“The nomination is his if he wants it,” a former Trump official suggested.

If Trump decides to run, there are reports that is he is considering New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik to be his vice presidential nominee.

“There is a part of Trump who thinks he needs a female VP. He definitely likes her, likely because of how effusive she is to him,” a Trump advisor told CNN.

“President Trump thinks very highly of Elise Stefanik,” Chris Ruddy, a longtime friend of Trump, told the outlet. “She has been talked about in circles close to him as a potential vice presidential.”

Stefanik is the third-ranking Republican in the House and chair of the House Republican. Stefanik  replaced Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney as the chair of the House Republican Conference after Cheney was voted out of the position.

Alex DeGrasse, a senior adviser to Stefanik said, “Congresswoman Stefanik is 100% focused on serving New York’s 21st Congressional District and as House Republican Conference Chair helping lead the efforts to take back the House in 2022 to fire Nancy Pelosi once and for all to save America.”

Time will tell who will run for the republican candidate in 2024. Others who are rumored to run are Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, as well as former Vice President Mike Pence.

(RepublicanWire.org) – While opinions vary drastically regarding the extent to which the U.S. is obligated to police disruptions to the global order, it’s only natural that, as the strongest, wealthiest and most powerful nation that has ever existed, we have been thrust into the middle of the European response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

And, Lord help us, this means that President Joe Biden is overseeing the de-escalation efforts.

So when poor little Finland, which along with Sweden has opted to stay out of NATO and has historically remained a neutral party between Western Europe and Russia, was faced with the prospect of being forced to join the alliance in light of the situation in Ukraine, its leader was also faced with the prospect of meeting with Biden to discuss such a move.

This was a meeting that, naturally, led to one of Biden’s embarrassing diplomatic moments, which, at a time when Russia’s actions in Ukraine are being unfavorably (and perhaps not always fairly) compared to our own history of interventionism and invasion, amounted to a slight against our nation as a whole.

Now, I don’t know if Finnish President Sauli Niinistö meant to throw Biden and the nation he leads some serious shade. But regardless of his intentions, when he offered up what was perhaps an inadvertent jab at American military aggressions, Biden’s reaction was the truly humiliating part.

He simply opted to laugh heartily in the face of the implied insult.

Good grief.

Here’s the deal: Niinistö met with Biden on Friday at the White House to discuss Finland’s precarious situation given neighboring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The White House said in a statement that the two leaders “committed to start a process that would strengthen U.S.-Finnish security cooperation” and discussed NATO’s open-door policy allowing any nation willing to agree to the alliance’s values to join.

During their Oval Office meeting, Biden also noted that when he served in the Obama administration, the former president used to quip that “we’d be alright if we left everything to the Nordic countries.”

Right in front of the cameras, Niinistö cheekily noted, “Well, we usually don’t start wars.”

Ouch.

Again, we don’t know if the Finnish leader meant to slight his host, but either way, Biden’s awkward, gratuitous laughter in response suggested that he had no idea what to say.

It’s hard not to point out the contrast between Biden and his predecessor, who one imagines would have hit back with his own dry one-liner without batting an eye.

Of course, comparing Biden to former President Donald Trump in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is unfavorable to Biden in more ways than one. This is hardly the first time he’s managed to embarrass his country while meeting with world leaders.

There was the time he declared “I don’t want to go home” after spending about five minutes in the U.K. on his first presidential trip overseas, an enthusiasm for Europe that seems to have faded by his next visit to the realm for a climate conference in Scotland, during which he was caught napping and later shamelessly checked his watch as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave closing remarks.

When it was Johnson’s turn to visit the States, Biden told him a rambling story about his love of commuter trains — a story he’s told multiple times in the past that has been thoroughly debunked.

Then his handlers gave the two leaders about five seconds to field questions from reporters before shooing them away because, one can only imagine, the elderly president was all tuckered out from all the diplomacy and faulty reminiscing.

When it came time for Biden to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin — you know, the guy who seems to have waited to invade Ukraine until Biden was in office — our president had never looked worse.

He brought flashcards with him to the high-stakes summit.

Flashcards.

Yeah, nothing says “I’m not afraid of you” like a leader showing up to a tense meeting with an antagonistic, thuggish counterpart armed with handy notecards so he doesn’t forget his talking points.

And now he’s laughing awkwardly as the leader of a nation that could be facing an existential crisis without our aid slyly jabs our history of interventionism — a history, by the way, that has saved countless lives and without which there might not even be a Finland if one considers the outcome of American interventionism before the Vietnam War.

Just saying.

Way to go, Biden. I’m sure you just made Putin’s day all over again.

It looks like the Democrats are not feeling optimistic about Joe Biden running for Reelection in 2024. In a recent poll, one out of three said that he should not run for president in 2024 and 31% want him replaced by Vice President Harris. But that’s not the worst news…Read until the end to see who they’ve just added to the list of potential candidates!

Biden has long said that he will run for re-election after his four years are up, but new rumors are  that he would only run in 2020 to defeat Trump and help usher in a replacement of establishment choice.

A recent survey revealed that 60% of Democrats want him to seek a second term while only 9% of Republicans feel the same way. Among GOP voters, 86% disagree with their party’s leader and say Biden shouldn’t get another four years in office as president; 31%-percent disagreed when asked how long they wanted this current administration to stay in power.

If Biden didn’t run, Vice President Kamala Harris is leading with 31%  saying they would want her on the ticket if not Biden in 2024.

Next on the list is Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg with 11%.

Followed up by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who are tied for third place with 8% each.

AOC is a new entrant on this list and one that seems to baffle the mind. No idea what makes Democrats think she would make a good President. The Socialist AOC would destroy America as we know it, and everyone, including the Democrats would be worse off for it.

Biden still pretends he’s running in 2024, not sure how that’s possible since most of his party doesn’t want him to. We’ll soon see how this all shakes out.