Donald Trump was the only person in America who said that he would not run for president in 2020, and that he was “very surprised” to be running for president.
But, as the election season winds down and the first debates come to a close, Trump’s decision to remain on the sidelines, despite winning the election and the presidency, was not exactly surprising.
During the campaign, Trump promised he would never run for a second term as president, and he would only do so if he lost the election.
And the president-elect, while he has said he’s not running for another term, has also made clear he’s open to another run.
So, how did the president, who was already an unpopular figure in the country, lose an election and have to take a step back?
What did he think about the possibility of another run?
In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Trump told host Greta Van Susteren he’s been “very impressed” with how his supporters have responded to his election victory.
But he said he was surprised when he found out that people were “very disappointed” in him.
“I was very surprised to hear that the American people were very disappointed with me,” he said.
“It was a very disappointing election.
People were very upset.”
He went on to say, “I thought I was going to be the president of the United States for another five years.
I said, I think you’re going to get one hell of a president, but I’m going to take this one year at a time.
And I’m not running again.”
But then he quickly pivoted to say he was running for a third term.
And then he said, “So it’s going to end in two years, maybe even sooner.”
But it was a far cry from the previous election.
In the 2008 election, Trump won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College.
He was defeated by then-President Barack Obama.
He also lost the popular-vote vote to Clinton in the 2016 election, but she won the electoral college.
In 2016, Trump ran as a spoiler to help Clinton win the presidency.
In the process, he angered some voters by publicly calling for the death penalty for Clinton and the assassination of her opponent, Bernie Sanders.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that he won the election despite his narrow loss to Clinton.
He also suggested the election was stolen from him, and a group of Republican electors who cast their votes against him have called for the impeachment of Trump.
But Trump also said the election results showed his candidacy was “a disaster.”
In a tweet on Friday morning, he said “If I lose the election, I am ‘very disappointed’ and will ‘continue to work hard to make America great again.’
I am a proud Republican.”
Trump is running for the fourth time in six years, and it appears to be becoming more and more clear that he is not running to make his own mark.