Trump says he may run again for president in 2024 in order to defeat Meghan Markle
- Former US president Donald Trump says he might run again as president if Meghan Markle decides to run in 2024.
- The former president was responding to repeated unconfirmed reports that Meghan Markle is considering a run at the presidency.
- "I hope that happens because if that happened I think I'd have an even stronger feeling toward running," Trump said.
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Donald Trump says he may run again for president in 2024 if Meghan Markle decides to stand.
The former US president was asked on Fox News on Tuesday about reports that Meghan Markle had met with Democrats to discuss the possibility of running for the White House in 2024. "I hope that happens because if that happened I think I'd have an even stronger feeling toward running," Trump said.
He said: "I'm not a fan of hers. I think that what she talks about, the Royal family and the Queen - I happen to think, I know the Queen as you know, I met with the Queen and I think the Queen is a tremendous person and I am not a fan of Meghan."
An unnamed UK political figure on Sunday with links to Washington told the Mail on Sunday last week that Meghan Democratic circles in Washington were "buzzing with talk" about Meghan's political ambitions, adding to rumors that she wants to run for president in 2024 that circulated last year.
A source close to Markle last year told Vanity Fair that she "would seriously consider running for president" and said she had not given up her American citizenship when she married Prince Harry "so she had the option to go into politics."
Trump's comments came after Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey last week, in which they claimed that a member of the Royal Family had expressed racist views in private conversations.
Meghan claimed in the interview that she had felt so unprotected by the royal institution that she had felt suicidal and said her requests for mental health support were denied. One of Trump's advisers last week said the former president had told him Meghan was "no good" following the interview.
"I told him I was going to join you on this show," Jason Miller, a former senior Trump adviser, said during a podcast published last week.
"He says, if you want you can make a little news on Meghan. ... He goes, yeah, she's no good, and now everybody's seeing it."
Trump also criticised Markle while he was president, on one occasion branding her "nasty" after he was told she said she would move to Canada if he were elected in 2016.
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