President Trump Forming PAC To Stay Involved In Republican Party, Eyes 2024 Presidential Run

( Even as he continues to fight the 2020 election results, President Donald Trump is preparing for his future outside the White House.

The New York Times reported on Monday that Trump has formed a PAC that would allow him to funnel political donations toward a variety of political candidates.

PACs are allowed to accept donations from an unlimited number of people and also from other PACs. The donations they receive are limited to $5,000 per year per donor, but has the ability to do so from the aforementioned unlimited number of individuals and/or other PACs.

The leadership PAC could also spend an unlimited amount of money for “independent expenditures” that could benefit candidates, such as for polling, consultants and travel.

This PAC would allow Trump to retain some level of power within the Republican Party, even after he leaves the White House. Solicitations from Trump’s campaign said about 60% of donations will be directed to this new entity, which will be called “Save America.”

It may be something that’s new information to the general public but has been in the works for a while, according to Trump’s campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh. He said:

“The president always planned to do this, win or lose, so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud.”

In addition to supporting candidates and issues that he cares about, the PAC will allow Trump to remain prominent in the political arena in the lead-up to the primaries for the 2024 presidential election. As Republican strategist Matt Gorman said:

“President Trump is not going anywhere anytime soon. He’s going to insert himself in the national debate in a way that’s unlike any of his predecessors.”

Trump has already spoken with some of his advisers about a run for president in 2024 again. This may signal that the president is resigned to the fact that he has lost the race to Democrat Joe Biden — and that his lawsuits challenging the validity of the election are unlikely to prove effective.

While U.S. presidents are limited to serving two terms, they don’t have to be consecutive. Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, from 1885-1889 and then again from 1893-1897 as the 22nd and 24th president, respectively. Trump could become the second president in history to do this, should he end up losing the 2020 election and then winning again in 2024.

While this may be a good thing for Trump and his supporters, it may not signal good news on the horizon for other Republicans who were initially targeting a 2024 presidential run. While it’s a little soon to mention potential candidates on the Republican ticket, names such as South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Nikki Haley, who served for a time as the ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, have been mentioned as possibilities.

Would those two — and countless other leading candidates — still consider running if it they had to face Trump in the Republican primary? It’s of course a little too early to call.