Trump is telling allies he will run again for president in 2024 and could announce it before the new year

DONALD Trump has told his allies that he will run again for president in 2024, and could announce it before the new year.

A source familiar with internal discussions told Reuters of Trump's plans on Wednesday.

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The US Constitution allows presidents to serve two four-year terms and they do not have to be consecutive.

A long list of Republicans are said to be considering a run for the 2024 presidential election, including Trump’s own vice president, Mike Pence.

US news media have called the 2020 race for Biden, but Trump is contesting the results in a series of legal challenges in a handful of battleground states – in an attempt to back his unsupported claims of widespread voting fraud and irregularities.

Trump on Wednesday endorsed Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel to stay on in her position, in what one source said could be a prelude to Trump announcing plans to run for president in 2024.

Normally, a president who loses an election does not influence who the RNC picks as its next leader.

Trump is contesting the results of the November 3 election that was won by Democrat Joe Biden.

"I am pleased to announce that I have given my full support and endorsement to Ronna McDaniel to continue heading the Republican National Committee (RNC). With 72 MILLION votes, we received more votes than any sitting President in U.S. history – and we will win!" Trump said in a tweet.

Biden won the race with more than 77million votes.

Last week, Trump's ex-chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said the president "will absolutely" run again.

"After this election's over who is the leading Republican candidate for 2024?" he told the Dublin think tank Institute for International and European Affairs.

"I think now, folks are starting to realize, wait a second, if Donald Trump loses he might be the guy, and I'm telling you, absolutely.

"I would absolutely expect the president to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024."

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