President Joe Biden Chides Reporter Who Asked About 2024 Announcement in Midnight Gaggle: “I Told You My Plan is to Run Again”

President Joe Biden offered a stern response to reporters who repeatedly asked him about his 2024 presidential race prospects and told them before he departed from Ireland that he had “already made that calculus” on whether to seek re-election next year and said he would announce it “relatively soon.”

The president’s comments to the press came while he was at Ireland West Airport Knock, right before he boarded Air Force One to head to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. 

“Do you know whether the last few days have changed your calculus on when you’ll make an announcement on your plans for 2024,” asked one reporter. 

“No, no, no, no. I’ve already made that calculus. We’ll announce it relatively soon,” responded Biden. “But the trip here just reinforced my sense of optimism about what can be done.”

“So, you’ve made a decision?” asked the reporter. 

President Biden was terse when responding, “I told you my plan is to run again.”

The president’s comments align with those made previously by the White House and First Lady Jill Biden, who in February said her husband is “pretty much” ready to announce his re-election campaign.

“He says he’s not done,” said the first lady to the AP when visiting Nairobi. “He’s not finished what he’s started. And that’s what’s important.”

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, has offered similar remarks, confirming to MSNBC in February that Biden “intends to run” for president again in 2024. 

When asked by host Jonathan Capehart on “The Sunday Show” if an official announcement will be made soon on the 2024 Biden-Harris ticket, Jean-Pierre replied coyly that she couldn’t discuss politics because of the HATCH Act’s limitations, but “what I can say is repeat what the president has said many times is that he intends to run. And I leave it there.”

Democratic challengers lining up against Biden

President Biden has not yet announced his candidacy in 2024 and has already picked up two Democratic primary challengers, including Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Kennedy is the son of the late attorney general, senator, and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy and the nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy. He plans to declare his candidacy for the White House at a Boston, Massachusetts, campaign launch event on April 19.

Williamson is a spiritual adviser and best-selling author. She launched her second straight campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination last month. Since the announcement, Williamson has campaigned in South Carolina, New Hampshire, and other early-voting primary states.