Donald Trump says he is ‘looking at’ a 2024 presidential run
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In his latest book, ‘Trump: The Hidden Halo’, Simon Dolan, has separated the man from his actions and has outlined Mr Trump’s surprising list of accomplishments. Writing the book, Mr Dolan set out to examine why the New York tycoon turned president appealed to millions of American voters.
He suggested: “On a lot of metrics he did do a better job than for example Obama, who was obviously a career politician and certainly is doing a better job than Biden or Kamala Harris or whoever is running the country.
“For example, the peace deals in the Middle East – that gets barely a mention and yet this is something fundamental to western politics for the last 70 years – and yet he has managed to broker those peace deals.
“He has no credit for it whatsoever.”
In January 2020, Mr Trump launched the “Peace to Prosperity” plan, set to resolve the Israeli Palestinian conflict which has been raging on various levels for over 100 years.
Mr Dolan added that the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement was one of Mr Trump’s biggest achievements as it had the ability to save lives.
Speaking further on Mr Trump’s achievements, the British businessman indicated that another of the former president’s accomplishments was that “he didn’t start any new wars”.
According to Mr Dolan, Mr Trump successfully withdrew troops from Syria, pacified North Korea, negotiated peace deals across the Middle East and was nominated for a Nobel Peace prize on four separate occasions.
It is true that Donald Trump did not start any new wars in foreign countries, although conflicts did continue under his administration in Yemen, Somalia and Niger.
In addition, Mr Trump received severe backlash after the killing of Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani.
Donald Trump further made history as the first sitting president to step foot in North Korea, which has been particularly hostile towards the US since the Korean war ended in 1953.
Mr Dolan also spoke on why he was so popular with American voters.
He said: “I think what he managed to do was to engage with a section of the population that possibly had not voted before and possibly had not voted Republican before.
“And the way he managed to do it was that he spoke in their language.
“His policies were basically common sense, for example building the border wall – you’ve got a wall around your house – if you don’t have borders you no longer have a country.
“Same with the economy. We just want to create jobs and get rid of regulations.
“It’s a simple thing he came up with – if you want to introduce a new regulation you’ve got to get rid of two old ones.
“These are really simple things that people understood and they said ‘yeah I can vote for that’, as opposed to the politics of old.”
The divisive 45th President of the United States who, according to his own website, launched “the most extraordinary political movement in history”, left office in January after an unsuccessful campaign against Democratic rival Joe Biden.
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Mr Trump’s administration exited on a particularly sour note after Capitol riots saw a mob of the Republican supporters attempt to overturn the 2020 US election defeat.
Discussing his legacy, Mr Dolan suggested that, in the short term, Mr Trump will be remembered unfavourably.
He opined: “I think his legacy in my mind was that he is actually a very successful president.
“What he’ll probably end up being remembered for is the president who was impeached twice and led an insurrection, which is not true.
“If that was an insurrection, that was the lamest insurrection you’ve ever seen in your life.
“Then when you look at Biden who was inaugurated behind closed doors with 50,000 troops in front of him and never made a state of the Union address until just recently – one looks like an insurrection and the other one was called an instruction.”
Mr Dolan added that if we could fast forward 30 years then the public might see a different side of Donald Trump.
He said: “He did things differently and he’ll always be remembered as eccentric and all the other things but when a period of time has gone that you’ve forgotten the personality or become numb to the personality, then I think his achievements will be remembered in a respectful way.”
Last week, Mr Trump announced that he was “beyond seriously” considering another run for the presidency in 2024 which he insisted would make his supporters “very happy”.
In an excerpt from an interview with Candace Owens at The Hill, Mr Trump said: “I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time.”
He added: “As you know, it’s very early. But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.”
Recent reports suggest that Florida governor Ron DeSantis is being considered as a running mate for Mr Trump.
Speaking just before Mr Trump’s remarks were announced, Mr Dolan thought that another run would be unlikely.
He said: “I think at that stage  he’ll be 78 and I don’t think he could stand losing either, I really don’t.
“I think that would kill him, possibly literally.
“I think he’s probably going to have more fun being kingmaker and I think he’ll probably put his weight behind DeSantis.”
He added: “I predict that the Republicans will take back the house and the Senate and then DeSantis will run in 24 and win.
“If he’s running against Kamala Harris then he’s certainly going to win.
“It’s difficult to see who else would run on the Democrat side assuming Biden is not still president by then but I don’t think anyone still seriously believes that.
“He’s [Biden’s] obviously on the decline, he’s obviously got something wrong with him.”
Simon Dolan is worth more than £200m according to the Sunday Times Rich list and has a vast business empire spanning areas such as accountancy, aviation and motorsport.
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