The Washington Post has the story….
The advisors told Trump an actual declaration would lock him out of certain things and attach him to some midterm loses if they occur….
This one would think is also a way to try shake out , or freeze, weak 2024 Republican candidates in the field developing and to try to get donors to stop giving to others so Trump can make more money either he runs or not…
Some of his advisers were concerned that Democrats might use his announcement in their effort to frame the midterm elections around his candidacy, potentially boosting their own turnout and hampering his plans if Republicans fall short next year. Advisers also argued that he could be more effective electing like-minded Republicans next year if he was not an official candidate himself.
“The biggest point we drove home was that he doesn’t want to own the midterms if we don’t win back the House or Senate,” said one person familiar with the conversations.
The arguments won Trump over, for the time being at least. Instead of a presidential campaign announcement, Trump, 75, has settled on a strategy of winks and nods. As some in his party worry, he is acting like a candidate for public office, and making clear he intends to be one again, without actually declaring so himself.
“He tacitly keeps the 2024 crowd on notice that nobody can move a major muscle until he decides what he’s doing,” said Kellyanne Conway…
Trump advisors also know their guy has a boat load of legal stuff coming his way BEFORE next years Midterm elections….
Trump actions to stay in the media is the way he has beat threats from prior legal hits….