President Trump once again suggested he might remain in office beyond a second term while discussing the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Monday.
While meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Trump joked about extending his second term to 2026 so he can still be in office when the U.S. (along with Canada and Mexico) hosts the World Cup.
“We’re going to have to extend my second term because 2026 – I’m going to have to extend it for a couple of years,” Trump told reporters.
“I don’t think any of you would have a problem with that,” Trump added. “But I hope you are going to remember me in 2026.”
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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.
Trump also used his speech to attack his potential Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren with a racial slur, a racist term previously condemned by the general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes when Trump used it in 2017.
“We’ll have to hit Pocahontas again if she does win,” Trump told the Pennsylvania crowd, adding soon thereafter, “What a group, Pocahontas and Sleepy Joe.”
In August, Trump turned a visit to a Shell natural gas plant in rural western Pennsylvania on Tuesday to again float the possibility of him serving a third term in office.
“Can you imagine if these people treated me fairly?” he asked. “The election would be over. Have they ever called off an election before? Just said, ‘Look, let’s go, four more years.’ Yeah. And then you want to really drive them crazy, go to ‘hashtag, third term, hashtag, fourth term,’ you’ll drive them totally crazy.”