President Donald Trump is discussing a number of media projects with advisers that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible White House bid in 2024 as his long-term efforts to shorten a second term wane.
According to several consultants, he is considering starting a new television channel or social media company to compete with those who cheated on him and hindered his ability to communicate directly with Americans.
"I think every option is on the table for a social media company to tell a media company that they are running for president the day they leave," said a Republican official who attended meetings with Trump campaign advisors.
Trump has repeatedly spoken to his advisors about a plan to start a social media company to compete with Twitter, whose policies have resulted in content warnings being posted on some of his tweets.
President Donald Trump is discussing a number of media projects with advisers that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible White House offer in 2024
Trump has repeatedly discussed with his advisors a plan to start a social media company to compete with Twitter, led by CEO Jack Dorsey (above).
In the days following the election, many of Trump's tweets denying the results were hidden from the service and could only be viewed by clicking the warning.
At a meeting with his campaign advisors a few months ago, Trump spoke about the technology needed to make a conservative version of Twitter and how the actual platform behind Twitter would be easy to mimic, a Republican official said at the meeting.
A number of apps, including Gab, MeWe, and Parler, have already been launched as conservative, no-speech alternatives to Twitter.
Parler has gained the greatest traction, doubling its membership to about 8 million since the election. However, that remains a fraction of Twitter's 187 million daily active users.
Ultimately, Trump himself could be the greatest competitive advantage for a potential new social network if he could attract a sizable portion of his 88 million Twitter followers.
Trump has also considered launching a new TV news channel to keep up with Fox News after the president was disappointed with the conservative network. Trump has complained that his programming lacked a universal pro-Trump perspective.
In the days following the election, many of Trump's tweets denying the results were hidden from the service and could only be viewed by clicking the warning
He has been described by aides as angry with Fox's decision to hold the Arizona election for Biden last week when the outcome was far from clear.
On Thursday, Biden should win Arizona and its 11 votes after more than a week of voting after the November 3rd election, Edison Research said.
On Friday, with calls from Georgia for Biden and North Carolina for Trump, the final vote was 306 for Biden and 232 for Trump.
Last weekend, Trump raged against Fox News, claiming the network's daily ratings had "completely collapsed".
The morning after the election, Fox News' morning show, Fox and Friends, reported the highest rating in its 22-year history. Later that week, the network lost to CNN in prime time when Biden took the lead in the election.
Christopher Ruddy, a Trump friend who is the CEO of Newsmax, a conservative TV news channel and website, said it was difficult to start a competing news channel or streaming service.
"I'm not sure people around him appreciate the challenge that might come with it," Ruddy said, adding that his company was open to speaking to Trump about a show on Newsmax.
"The president is an incredible draw," said Ruddy. "He has a huge following like no other political figure in American history."
Trump prefers platforms on which he can present an unfiltered message. Previously, he had considered broadcasting a daily radio program from the White House and the idea went so far that officials, according to an official familiar with the discussions, talked about how to do it.
Ultimately, the idea was put aside due to logistical concerns, the official said, such as the difficulty of blocking off an hour of the president's schedule for the program each day.
In the near future, Trump is expected to camp in Georgia on behalf of the U.S. Republican Senate candidates ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff election to determine whether Republicans retain control of the chamber, the president's aides said.
Trump did not concede the election to Democratic rival Joe Biden, who was slated to cross the electoral college's 270-vote threshold on November 7 to win the presidency and take office on January 20.
Trump has claimed without evidence that the vote was riddled with widespread fraud, but election officials are not reporting any serious irregularities or security issues.
Trump advisors said once it is clear that his legal challenges for 2020 results are over, Trump has discussed announcing plans to possibly re-president by the end of the year in four years.
"He feels cheated and wants to run," said an adviser familiar with his thinking.
Such a move would not secure an open runway for Trump to nominate the Republicans, according to a party strategist who asked not to be named.
A long list of Republicans is expected to line up for White House offers in 2024, including Vice President Mike Pence, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senators Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton, and a couple of governors, including Ron DeSantis from Florida and Kristi Noem from South Dakota.
"It won't freeze the rest of the field," said the strategist. "Everyone respects Trump, but they think it's time for a new chapter."
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