President Donald Trump has not ruled out running for reelection in 2020, despite his own health problems, and he’s ready to step aside if he’s unable to continue his duties as president.
During a press conference Friday, Trump said he is “ready to go” if he can’t fulfill his duties for the remainder of his term.
“I am not retiring.
I am not going to retire,” Trump said.
“This is a very big issue.
We need a change.””
If I can’t do my job, I will go,” Trump added.
“But I will leave it up to Congress.
Congress is very powerful.
If I don’t do what I need to do, I won’t leave it.”
Trump’s absence from the White House, however, may not mean he can return to his full duties in 2020.
The president has yet to decide whether he will run again in 2020 or if he will seek reelection.
If he does run, it could be his first presidential run in his long career.
During the press conference, Trump also expressed optimism about his health.
“When I was a young guy, I had cancer.
It was the first time in my life,” Trump told reporters.
“So I have to say, I’ve been very fortunate to be able to recover.
But I’m a fighter.
I’ve got a lot of work to do.
So I’m going to continue to fight.”
Trump has not said when he will return to the White, but he previously said he would “absolutely” consider running again in 2024.
Trump, who has been battling lung cancer for more than a year, was hospitalized at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on Feb. 27 after suffering a heart attack.
The President has been staying at the home for the last three weeks, which is in the midst of a fundraising campaign for his 2020 campaign.
“He’s not going anywhere,” his wife Melania Trump told ABC News on Feb 25.
“He’s doing his thing and doing it very well.”
A Trump spokesman said Friday that the President was still recovering at the Palm Beach hospital and had not been hospitalized again.
A number of people have criticized Trump for being too busy to campaign and fundraising in 2018, which could affect the 2020 race.
“His health has been deteriorating,” Trump’s top adviser Kellyanne Conway said on ABC News’ “This Week” on Feb 27.
“And I think it’s going to be a lot more difficult for him to do that.”
“It’s not the only issue he’s been having.
There’s a lot else that he’s not doing that he could be doing, Kellyann said, pointing to Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and his continued decision to ignore congressional calls to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.”
There’s been an abundance of speculation, but I think he’s going through his normal course of what he’s supposed to be doing,” Conway said.