President Donald Trump has reportedly told some of his advisers that if Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden is certified as the winner of the 2020 election, he will announce a 2024 campaign shortly afterward where he will likely face either Biden or Kamala Harris.
“Some advisers had hoped that Mr. Trump would accept the state of the race by the end of this week, but a looming recount in Georgia may delay that,” The New York Times reported. “The president has told some advisers that if the race is certified for Mr. Biden, he will announce a 2024 campaign shortly afterward.”
The news comes as speculation has grown over whether Trump will launch a media endeavor when he leaves office, something that Republicans indicated would be nearly impossible to do if he was planning on launching another presidential run.
“He certainly has the right to do it. I mean, Donald Trump, irrespective of the outcome of this race, however it turns out, in the end after all the legal claims have been adjudicated – Donald Trump brought in millions of people to vote Republican that had never considered it before,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told reporters on Tuesday. “And if he runs in 2024 he’ll certainly be the front runner, and then he’ll probably be the nominee – but again I’m being presumptuous here, we’re not even through 2020.”
Top U.S. government security and election officials released a joint statement on Thursday stating that the 2020 elections were the most secure elections in U.S. history.
The statement was released by the members of Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) Executive Committee — Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Assistant Director Bob Kolasky, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chair Benjamin Hovland, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) President Maggie Toulouse Oliver, National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) President Lori Augino, and Escambia County (Florida) Supervisor of Elections David Stafford – and the members of the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) – Chair Brian Hancock (Unisyn Voting Solutions), Vice Chair Sam Derheimer (Hart InterCivic), Chris Wlaschin (Election Systems & Software), Ericka Haas (Electronic Registration Information Center), and Maria Bianchi (Democracy Works).
The statement said [emphasis original]:
The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.
When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.
Other security measures like pre-election testing, state certification of voting equipment, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) certification of voting equipment help to build additional confidence in the voting systems used in 2020.
While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.