Some allies believe Donald Trump may prefer being the former president than shouldering the burden of serving another term as chief executive.
Vanity Fair reporter David Drucker, author of "In Trump's Shadow," told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that some of the twice-impeached one-term president's associates doubt that he'll mount another campaign for the White House in 2024.
"Part of it has to do with how weak he perceives [President] Joe Biden and the Democratic Party," Drucker said. "I think part of it has to do with whether or not he wants to be president again. One of the Trump allies that I spoke with for the book told me that it may turn out that Donald Trump likes being an ex-president more than he liked being president because there are trappings with both. But when you're an ex-president all the trappings are good, and there's no downside."
"So I think that he's very serious about running a third time, I don't think it's something he's just making up for effect, but I don't think it's a decision he's actually made," Drucker added. "If he perceives Joe Biden or Joe Biden's purported successor and the Democratic Party overall to be stronger, I think the probability of a Trump presidential campaign in 2024 decreases."
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