O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there'

O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there'
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White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien dismissed talk that he could potentially run for president in 2024, calling a recent report about his presidential aspirations “speculation.”

O’Brien, a staunch ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE, said a recent report from Politico was “what I call Washington inside-the-Beltway article. So I’m fully focused on my current job. I’m not running for anything right now.”

“I’m not going to make a Shermanesque statement about never running under any circumstances, but I’m focused on implementing the president’s agenda, and getting the foreign policy picture for the American people, and that’s all I’m focused on. But this is starting to become silly season for the Washington news media. And you know, there’s all kinds of speculation out there. So I leave that for what it is,” he said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show.


The remarks come after the Politico report, published Tuesday, said O’Brien has been floating a 2024 bid of his own to friends and colleagues.

A campaign for O’Brien would likely be a long shot given his low name recognition and the already crowded field of Republicans with higher profiles who are believed to have their own presidential ambitions, including Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoTrump to attend private RNC donor retreat On China, is Biden channeling Trump or Trump's administration? They're not the same House Republican calls on Biden to boycott Beijing Olympics MORE, former UN Ambassador Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyJuan Williams: The GOP is a party without ideas Is the 'civil war' in the Republican Party really over? Is Nikki Haley morphing into a presidency-losing Mitt Romney? MORE, Sens. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonOn The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Biden health nominee faces first Senate test Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat MORE (R-Ark.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Law enforcement officials blame Pentagon 'reluctance' to deploy National Guard in first hearing on Capitol attack | Watchdog report finds Pentagon didn't fully evaluate border deployment requests | Biden's UN ambassador confirmed Top cops deflect blame over Capitol attack Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack MORE (R-Texas) and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyFive big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary MORE (R-Mo.).

The potential 2024 field could be thrown into further flux should Trump decide to launch a second bid for the White House after his defeat to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE this year. 

O’Brien said he would “never” run against Trump in four years, maintaining the president would “have my 100 percent support.”