Trump had expected his candidates to achieve success in the meantime, Axios reported.
He planned to launch his presidential bid in 2024 based on GOP triumphs.
But in the wake of disappointing results, his political future may now be in jeopardy.
Former President Donald Trump was so confident that the Republicans would be successful in the interim that his main concern was that he wouldn’t get enough credit, Axios reported.
Instead, Trump is now deflecting attacks after being blamed for the party’s dismal performance, with some questioning his political future.
A Trump adviser told the publication that the former president had caused chaos on the eve of last Tuesday’s midterm elections when he told aides he planned to announce his 2024 presidential bid that night at a rally in Ohio .
While Trump was more skeptical of bullish Republican hopes for a landslide Republican victory than some, the report said, his main pre-election concern was maximizing the credit he received for Republican successes.
Allies reportedly tried to prevent him from making the announcement on the eve of the election, fearing it would boost Democratic turnout. In the end, during the rally, Trump limited himself to teasing that he would soon launch his 2024 bid.
Republicans underperformed massively in last week’s midterms — they failed to regain control of the Senate and likely only won a slim majority in the House, with many of the high-profile candidates Trump endorsed crashing to defeat .
Some Republicans have blamed Trump, saying he favored divisive candidates who embraced fringe beliefs that repelled many moderate voters.
Longtime allies have also urged the former president not to announce his 2024 bid in the wake of the interim results, but Trump is reportedly determined to go ahead with the announcement on Tuesday, believing that pulling out would be humiliating would be for him.
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