Trump: A ‘Health Issue’ Could Stop Me from Running in 2024
'A bad call from a doctor' could stop me from running
President Donald Trump has warned he may not run in 2024 if his health is an issue, according to reports.
Despite Trump's comments, former White House doctor Ronny Jackson said any criticism against the 45th president’s health is baseless.
“The president’s overall health is excellent,” in spite of his more unhealthy habits, due to his “incredible genes.”
“It’s called genetics. I don’t know,” said Jackson.
“Some people have just great genes. I told the President that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old. I don’t know."
He also stated that “It’s just the way God made him.”
Doctors who study aging have even referred to Trump as a “super ager” who could be healthy and active “into his 80s.”
But Trump is wise enough to know that health can change at any given minute, and if it ever makes a turn for the worst he may not run.
As The Daily Mail reported on the interview with Trump:
“You always have to talk about health. You look like you’re in good health, but tomorrow, you get a letter from a doctor saying come see me again," Trump said.
“‘That’s not good when they use the word “again,” he said, adding that he was currently in good health.
He then hinted he planned to stand.
“I don’t want to comment on running, but I think a lot of people are going to be very happy by my decision," he said, adding: "Because it’s a little boring now.”
Trump said his health would impact his decision to run in 2024, saying “a bad call from a doctor” would stop him from running.
The interview included commentary by Trump on his main “rivals” within the party and his ability to influence which Republican candidates win via endorsements.
Trump leads potential Republican rivals by sizable majorities in polls.
It leaves much of the rest of the possible field waiting to see when and whether he throws his hat in the ring.
Trump claimed that he would be the candidate if he decided to run, and the likes of Mike Pence, his former vice president, Mike Pompeo, his former secretary of state, and Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, would simply stand aside.
“If I ran, I can’t imagine they’d want to run. Some out of loyalty would have had a hard time running,” he said.
“I think that most of those people, and almost every name you mentioned, is there because of me.
"In some cases, because I backed them and endorsed them.”
“You know Ron was at 3 percent, and the day I endorsed him, he won the race.”
Whether he runs again or not, Trump has the sway to decide which candidates win with his blessing alone.