Donald Trump hints he will run for president in 2024 telling White House reception: ‘I’ll see you in four years’

Barney Davis
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave during a ceremony to receive the White House Christmas Tree (AP)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave during a ceremony to receive the White House Christmas Tree (AP)

President Donald Trump has given his clearest hint he plans to run again for president in 2024 if he cannot overturn the US election result amid baseless voter fraud claims.

“It’s been an amazing four years,” Mr Trump told the crowd at his last Christmas party in the White House.

“We’re trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years," he told the reception which included many Republican National Committee members.

The video of Mr Trump’s appearance was streamed live on Facebook by one attendee, Pam Pollard, who is national committeewoman for the Oklahoma GOP.

It showed dozens of people crammed into the Cross Hall of the White House state floor, standing closely together. Many seen in the video were not wearing masks with some coughing.

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The Trumps began hosting holiday receptions this week, intent on celebrating a final season before Mr Trump leaves office on January 20.

According to social media postings the events have featured large crowds of often maskless attendees gathered indoors — violating the very public health guidance the U.S. government has pressed the nation to follow this holiday season as cases of COVID-19 skyrocket across the country.

In the video, Mr Trump is heard continuing to air baseless allegations of election fraud to explain his defeat by President-elect Joe Biden.

“It’s certainly an unusual year. We won an election. But they don’t like that,” Mr Trump told the group, adding: “I call it a rigged election, and I always will.”

His comments came as Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally, said no evidence of widespread voter fraud has been found that would change the result of the presidential election in the US.

Mr Barr said US attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they had received but found no evidence that would change the vote’s outcome.

"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election," Mr Barr said.

The White House has been the site of at least one suspected Covid-19 superspreader event, and dozens of the president’s aides, campaign staffers and allies have tested positive in numerous outbreaks. Mr Trump himself was hospitalised for the virus in October, and the first lady and two of his sons have tested positive.

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