FORMER US president Donald Trump has said he will officially mount a third campaign for the White House, launching an early start to the 2024 contest.
“I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Mr Trump said to an audience of several hundred supporters, club members and gathered press in a chandeliered ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
He was flanked by more than 30 American flags and banners that read: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Mr Trump enters the race with his campaign able to ride on the Republican Party GOP gaining a majority in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
He will face competition from some of his own allies, who say it is time for Republicans to look to the future, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis emerging as an early favourite White House contender.