Is Trump Actually Considering NOT Running In 2020?

A blast of Establishment Media speculation regarding the possibility Donald Trump may not actually run for reelection in 2020 has escalated in recent days.

Is there any truth to these reports?

The quick answer is yes – and no.

The New York Times said this:

Beyond the immediate disconnect, though, is a deeper strain between Trump and Haley, according to administration officials and other insiders. … along the way, Trump has grown suspicious of her ambition, convinced that she had been angling for Tillerson’s position and increasingly wondering whether she wants his own job. Republicans close to the White House whisper about the prospect of an alliance between Haley and Vice President Mike Pence, possibly to run as a ticket in 2020.

There is a decidedly coup-like slant to the NYT piece likely meant to enrage both Trump and his supporters as much as it is an attempt to entertain its leftist reader base.

Here are the facts as they currently stand:

  1. Donald Trump may decide one term is good enough. His disgust for Washington D.C. has only deepened since his arrival. It is a disgust he shares with his millions of supporters. He has apparently hinted he might do so, though, those hints remain distant what-ifs at this time.
  2. Mike Pence remains loyal to Trump – period.
  3. Nikki Haley, though not nearly so loyal to the President, is said to have grown to admire him far more since joining the administration. She remains a rising political star of considerable ability.
  4. If Trump does, in fact, make himself a one-and-done POTUS it will be on his terms.
  5. As of now, there has been no real discussion on this matter. Mr. Trump will likely await the results of the 2018 Midterms before giving any real consideration to not running again in 2020.
  6. Some have suggested if he’s allowed to replace a liberal Supreme Court Judge with a conservative one within his first term Mr. Trump would be more willing to finish out the one term and step aside for Mike Pence to be the 2020 nominee.

Mr. Trump’s success has been remarkable over the first half of his first term despite a barrage of negative press and repeated obstruction from Republicans and Democrats alike.

If he decides to call it a day after one term could anyone blame him?


 

Trump Goes All In On 2020 Re-Election As Consumer Confidence Soars To Nearly 20-Year High

There remains a stunning disconnect between how the media reports on the Trump administration and the reality that IS the Trump administration. And now Mr. Trump has added a lot more fuel to the media’s anti-Trump fire. He’s just announced he is all in on a 2020 re-election bid on the same day consumer confidence in America soars to historic highs.

EXCERPT:

U.S. consumer confidence jumped to a 17-year high as optimism about employment prospects grew and Americans began seeing additional money in their paychecks from recently enacted tax cuts, data from the New York-based Conference Board showed Tuesday.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CONSUMER CONFIDENCE (FEBRUARY)
Confidence index rose to 130.8 (est. 126.5), highest since Nov. 2000, from downwardly revised 124.3 in January
Present conditions measure climbed to 162.4, highest since 2001, from 154.7
Consumer expectations gauge increased to three-month high of 109.7 from 104

Key Takeaways
The report reflects increased confidence in employment and incomes, which could support consumer spending. The labor differential, which measures the gap between respondents saying jobs are plentiful and those who say they’re hard to get, rose to 24.7 percentage points, the highest since 2001.

Recent tax legislation signed in December may have also buoyed sentiment, as many Americans saw bigger after-tax paychecks in February due to the law. That may have helped consumers shrug off the early-February 10 percent decline in stock prices, which have since recovered most of their losses.

Official’s View
“Despite the recent stock market volatility, consumers expressed greater optimism about short-term prospects for business and labor market conditions, as well as their financial prospects,” Lynn Franco, the Conference Board’s director of economic indicators, said in a statement. “Overall, consumers remain quite confident that the economy will continue expanding at a strong pace in the months ahead.”

Other Details
Share of respondents expecting stock prices to increase in the year ahead fell to 41.3 percent from a record 51 percent
25.8 percent of consumers said they expect better business conditions in next six months, up from 21.5 percent in previous month.
Share of households who expect incomes to rise in next six months rose to 23.8 percent, highest since 2001, from 20.6 percent
Buying plans for homes, major appliances and new cars increased.

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