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'Well-placed' CNN source says Trump doesn't appear to believe he'll be reinstated this year

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 6/4/2021 Daniel Chaitin
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Former President Donald Trump doesn't appear to actually believe he could be reinstated at the White House this year, CNN journalist Jim Acosta reported on Thursday, citing a knowledgeable source.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman lit a frenzy of speculation on Tuesday when she tweeted Trump "has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August," echoing a dubious assertion made by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has been an ally to the former president in pushing claims of 2020 election fraud.

Acosta reported to CNN anchor Erin Burnett that Trump "believes it" and "thinks that there is some chance that he could somehow be reinstated as president, somehow this year," but then went on to talk about a "well-placed source" familiar with conversations Trump has had about the far-flung theory who cast doubt on the notion that the former president is convinced he'll take the Oval Office back from President Joe Biden this year.


"I'm told by one source — one well-placed source familiar with these conversations — he's [Trump has] been asking what do you think of this theory? And what this one adviser told me is that he's been told it's not true," Acosta said. "Now, this adviser, who is familiar with these conversations, went on to say that it doesn't appear that Trump really believes that he could somehow be reinstated or assume the presidency later on this year."

Still, Acosta said this source added that Trump is "listening to all kinds of things these days, and he is trying to grasp at straws to see if there is some way to get back into the White House." He also quoted the source, whom he did not name, as describing these conversations as "very dangerous."

C.W. Cooke, a senior writer with National Review, corroborated Haberman's reporting in a story published on Thursday. He said sources told him Trump "does indeed believe quite genuinely that he — along with former senators David Perdue and Martha McSally — will be 'reinstated' to office this summer after 'audits' of the 2020 elections in Arizona, Georgia, and a handful of other states have been completed. I can attest, too, that Trump is trying hard to recruit journalists, politicians, and other influential figures to promulgate this belief not as a fundraising tool or an infantile bit of trolling or a trial balloon, but as a fact."


Lara Trump, who is married to Donald Trump's son Eric, appeared on Fox News earlier in the day and cast doubt on whether Trump has been having talks about being reinstated, although she didn't preclude the possibility.

"As far as I know, there are no plans for Donald Trump to be in the White House in August. Maybe there's something I don't know," she said, adding that one explanation could be "a lot of folks getting a little worked up about something just because maybe there wasn't enough pushback from the Republican side."

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Original Author: Daniel Chaitin

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