Former President Donald Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday, April 19, that he is “very seriously” considering getting back on track for president in 2024.
When asked what he misses most from being president, Trump said, “I miss the most helping people because I can directly help people,” and “That’s why I did it. Hey, look, this has been a very traumatic—I had a great life, great company, great business, no problems.”
Trump said people are upset now seeing “their guns are going to be gone, their Second Amendment.”
“Their taxes are increasing. Regulations are increasing at an alarming rate. “Jobs will be lost,” Trump added. “You know, what you see is going to take a little longer to show. However, once any of these laws are reinstated, jobs will be lost. Your energy freedom would be a thing of the past. So, like I said, I’m taking it very seriously, much more seriously than that. From a legal standpoint, I don’t want to discuss it just yet; it’s a little early.”
Asking about expectations for 2022, Trump said: “We are going to help with the House,” and “I think we have a really good chance. I’m working with everybody, including Kevin McCarthy, in taking back the house. I think we have a really good chance in doing it. Likewise, the Senate’s going to be a little bit tougher.”
Trump said that he would assist Republicans in taking back control of the Senate. He can visit, give interviews, and hold rallies for Republican candidates who need assistance. He is “all in” about assisting the party, believing they have “a really, really good chance.”
PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT FROM FOX NEWS:
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: All right. As we continue from Mar-a-Lago, my exclusive interview with the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump.
I want to know this question. What are your plans for — to help for 2022?
DONALD TRUMP: We are going to help with the House.
But the Senate … at least eight senators would have lost their race. I could name them but I don’t want to embarrass them but that includes Mitch, who is heading south. He called me up. He said, I need your help … I helped him and he won by the most he’s ever won by. So we are going to help with the Senate.
HANNITY: You got Marco Rubio. I hear Herschel’s name mentioned a lot in Georgia. I hear Lara Trump’s name mentioned a lot in North Carolina. Sununu in New Hampshire, I think he can win that race.
TRUMP: I think so, too.
HANNITY: Ron Johnson in Wisconsin.
TRUMP: Ron Johnson’s a great —
HANNITY: — Been a great senator.
TRUMP: He is a great — he is much more popular than anybody understands.
HANNITY: We don’t know who’s going to run in Ohio but these are all —
TRUMP: We have some good candidates in Ohio.
HANNITY: Are you going to travel? Are you going to do speeches? Are you going to do rallies for these candidates?
TRUMP: If they need a rally, we’ll do a rally. We’ll do calls. We’ll do all sorts of things. No, no, we’re all in. Alabama’s going to be a tremendous win with Mo Brooks.
HANNITY: Mo Brooks.
TRUMP: We have a tremendous—look, almost everybody I endorse wins. We had a House seat in Louisiana, wonderful woman. You know, just happened. Her husband died of COVID. He was congressman-elect.
And she is—Julia—she was fantastic. But a lot of people thought she might not get in the run-off. I endorsed her. She got 65 percent of the vote. There was no runoff. It’s very important that we get the right people. And that means in the Senate. It means in the House. And it also means in governorships because if you have a good governor.
HANNITY: And legislature, state legislature.
TRUMP: We had a lot of great legislators. Unfortunately, the courts refused to listen, even though it’s in the Constitution that they have to. The courts have been very—
HANNITY: H.R. 1, I argue usurps the constitutional authority of state legislatures. Now the big question … What do you miss the most about being in the White House? And how seriously are you considering running again in 2024?
TRUMP: I miss the most helping people because I can directly help people. That’s why I did it. Hey, look, this has been a very traumatic—I had a great life, great company, great business, no problems.
And now, all I do is people go after you. It’s vicious. It’s horrible. But you know what, I love doing it because I help people. And I’ve helped them more than any president with the cutting of taxes, with the regulations, with right to try. Do you know how big right to try is?
HANNITY: You’re proud of all of this. Huge.
TRUMP: Where you don’t have to travel to all sorts of different continents to try and get something? We have the greatest doctors, the world’s greatest labs. We can use their medicines now. If somebody’s terminally ill, they can sign a quick little document. You can use it and that’s had a huge—
HANNITY: What are you most proud of though?
TRUMP: A lot of things. I’m very proud of the tax cuts. I hope they don’t screw it up because the jobs, you know, we brought back the—
HANNITY: They’re going to screw it up.
TRUMP: … I’m very proud of what i did for the military. I’ve rebuilt the military.
And I’ve added something called Space Force. It’s going to be so powerful, so important. So I’ve added another, think of it, I’ve added to the military. Hasn’t happened since, I guess 75 years since the Air Force.
HANNITY: And the economy pre-COVID. Record low unemployment—
TRUMP: … We have the greatest numbers in the history of the world. We had the greatest economy in history of the world. We had the greatest economy. We had the greatest job numbers. We had the greatest—we’re up to 160 million people.
We were never even close to that. And if you think of it, I did it twice because then the whole world went down. We’ve come back stronger than any other country in the world. You know, they used to hit me with Germany and France or this or that.
Well, they’re doing terribly right now. They’re all locked down. It’s a disaster. They’re having riots on their streets. This country is coming back strong. And it is very interesting. Places like Florida and Texas and many others, I mean, I could name many others. I think in almost all cases run by republicans, I think in all cases, but they’ve done so well.
And you look, I saw the other day in Michigan. I would say there’s been nothing as close other than for her husband who is, you know, had free run of the place. I don’t think that there’s been any state more locked up than Michigan.
HANNITY: It’s a disaster. It’s one of the worst.
TRUMP: It’s a disaster. It’s the worst in the United States right now.
HANNITY: Are you running again in 2024? What are the odds? If I were to ask…
TRUMP: I got tremendous numbers. Nobody has ever gotten the numbers I got. No sitting president has come even close. There’s more popularity now than there was the day before the election because they see how bad things are at the border.