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:
- 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.
- Mike Pence remains loyal to Trump – period.
- 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.
- If Trump does, in fact, make himself a one-and-done POTUS it will be on his terms.
- 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.
- 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?