Trump Suggests Serving 3 Terms

Former president floats the idea in speech to NRA
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2024 7:33 AM CDT
Trump Suggests Serving 3 Terms
Donald Trump speaks during the National Rifle Association Convention, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Dallas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Donald Trump might be warming to the idea of serving another two terms if he is reelected. In a speech to the NRA over the weekend, the former president suggested the premise:

  • "You know, FDR 16 years—almost 16 years—he was four terms. I don't know, are we going to be considered three-term? Or two-term?" he said, per Politico. For the record, supporters could be heard yelling, "Three!"

The Constitution's 22nd Amendment limits presidencies to two terms, notes the Guardian, but Trump's supporters think he should challenge that—especially since his would not be consecutive terms. Trump has floated the idea previously, but he also has publicly rejected it at least twice in interviews, notes the Hill. He told Meet the Press last year he would not try to serve a third term, and he repeated the point in an interview with Time more recently:

  • "I wouldn't be in favor of a challenge. Not for me," he said. "I wouldn't be in favor of it at all. I intend to serve four years and do a great job. And I want to bring our country back. I want to put it back on the right track."
(More Donald Trump 2024 stories.)

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