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Trump, talked out of announcing a 2024 bid for now, settles on a wink-and-nod unofficial candidacy

By Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey

04 Oct 2021 · 7 min read

As turmoil in Afghanistan reached a crescendo in August, Donald Trump began talking again with advisers about whether he should announce his 2024 campaign for president right away.

They responded by urging patience, according to three people familiar with the discussions, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. An announcement would force a reshuffling of his newly formed fundraising apparatus,advisers argued, and could complicate his ability to appear on broadcast television without triggering equal time rules.

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