President Donald Trump won't run for president again because he's afraid of losing, his niece Mary said on Thursday.
The president has told allies that he was considering another run in 2024 and could announce his intention to do so before the New Year.
But Mary Trump told CNN that "he will never put himself in a position where he can lose like this again."
She said her uncle would struggle to play a "supporting role" to President-elect Joe Biden for four years.
Mary Trump said President Trump's health and legal issues would also prevent another run.
Last week, President Trump's former chief of staff said he would "absolutely" run again in 2024, and would be healthy enough to do so in 2028.
President Donald Trump will not run to be president in 2024, contrary to recent reports, because he will be too scared of losing again to Joe Biden, his niece Mary Trump said.
It's been nearly a week since Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential election.
Media outlets declared him the winner in Arizona on Thursday, putting him on course to increase his margin of victory over President Trump. A win in Arizona would put the Democratic candidate on 290 Electoral College votes.
But the president continues to publicly refuse to accept defeat in last week's election, and his team has filed several lawsuits in key states that helped Biden secure his victory.
The outgoing president is seriously considering announcing his intention to run in 2024, The New York Times reported, partly because he believes it would give him an immediate advantage over other Republican candidates. Reuters reported that he could announce his plan to run again before the New Year.
Yet Mary Trump on Thursday predicted that her uncle would not seek election for a third time, telling CNN that he "will never put himself in a position where he can lose like this again."
Asked whether she believed he would run again, as was widely reported, Mary Trump said:
"No. First of all, and I know he's said that he would and that's weird because that's conceding the loss now, but I think that was floated initially as a way to appease him and his ego, but he will never put himself in a position where he can lose like this again.
"Secondly, it would mean that for four years he is playing essentially a supporting role, which will be very difficult for him to sustain."
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She speculated that by 2024, Trump's health would be too weak for him to do another four years in the White House, contradicting his former chief of staff's recent claim that he'd be fit enough to run for president in the year 2028.
Mick Mulvaney told a think tank in Ireland that Trump would "absolutely" run again in 2024.
Mary Trump told CNN: "And most importantly, in four years, he will be the same age Joe Biden is now.
"However, Donald is a very unhealthy person — he has a terrible diet, he doesn't exercise, he has psychological disorders that continue to go untreated, so I don't even imagine that he'll even be able to run in four years.
"Plus the fact, of course, he may be looking at serious charges being brought against him."
Trump's niece, a critic of the outgoing president, said that he was "in a state of terror, he in a state of rage, and he is in a state of total helplessness right now," after losing the election to Biden.
"In my family, at least certainly according to my grandfather, whose opinion was the only one that mattered, the worst thing you could be was a loser. Being a loser made you weak, being a loser made you unworthy, and as you said earlier, for the first time in his life, Donald is in a situation he cannot get out of," she said.
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