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Trump 2024? Former President Predicts Republican Win Next Election

"We transformed the Republican Party into a party that truly fights for all Americans."

(Headline USA) Former President Donald Trump staked his claim to the Republican Party in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night, making it clear a Republican presidential candidate would win in 2024 and that he still runs the party.

The former president delivered his remarks behind closed doors at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, in the final address of the Republican National Committee’s weekend donor summit in Palm Beach. The location of the weekend gathering in suggests that the GOP is not ready to replace Trump as its undisputed leader and chief fundraiser.

“I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House and we are going to reclaim the Senate — and then in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House,” read the prepared remarks.

The former president hinted at another run earlier this month. So far he did not declare a presidential run, but he made clear his policies are the future of the party and that a Republican would win next time around.

Trump also reinforced his commitment to the GOP in his address, according to prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press, which comes amidst debate over the former president’s plans for 2024.

Trump continues to aggressively accumulate campaign cash to fuel his own political aims.

“The key to this triumphant future will be to build on the gains our amazing movement has made over the past four years,” Trump told hundreds of leading Republican donors, according to the prepared remarks. “Under our leadership, we welcomed millions upon millions of new voters into the Republican coalition. We transformed the Republican Party into a party that truly fights for all Americans.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to address donors Saturday night as well. Earlier in the weekend, a slew of candidates already positioning themselves for a 2024 presidential run made appearances. Besides DeSantis, the potential White House contenders included South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina also spoke.

In his remarks Friday night, Cotton leaned into the GOP’s culture wars, attacking the Democrats’ positions on transgender youth, voter ID laws and Major League Baseball’s decision to move its All-Star Game to protest Republican voting laws — just as Trump does in his prepared remarks.

Trump’s team reports that his remarks are intended to reinforce his continued leadership role in Republican affairs.

“Saturday’s speech will be welcomed words to the Republican donors visiting Mar-a-Lago to hear directly from President Trump,” Trump adviser Jason Miller said. “Palm Beach is the new political power center, and President Trump is the Republican Party’s best messenger.”

Adapted from reporting by Associated Press.

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