President Trump on Thursday night promised the press that he won’t serve more than 16 years as president.
“Can you believe we are here three years?” Trump said during a campaign rally in Minneapolis.
“And we have to promise them, Trump said, pointing to journalists in attendance, “No more than 16 years. Okay? No more.”
“No more. 16 more years,” Trump said. “I’m only kidding. Now they’ll go back, ‘See, he wants to run for more.’ ”
Trump "jokes" about breaking the law and serving as many as 16 years in office pic.twitter.com/htkxrqtSK8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 11, 2019
Trump has previously joked about serving more than two terms, including at a campaign rally in May, when he told a crowd that he could potentially serve a fifth term in the White House with their help.
In April he told a crowd that he might remain in the Oval Office “at least for 10 or 14 years.”
In June Trump suggested in a tweet that his supporters might “demand” that he serve more than two terms as president.
That same month, Trump shared a doctored video depicting him campaigning for office indefinitely on the cover of Time magazine.
In September, Trump suggested he might remain in office beyond a second term while discussing the 2026 FIFA World Cup.