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John Kerry considering presidential run in 2020: report

John Kerry considering presidential run in 2020: report
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Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryBudowsky: President Biden for the Nobel Peace Prize Bishops to debate banning communion for president In Europe, Biden seeks to reassert U.S. climate leadership MORE is considering a second run for president in 2020 to take on President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE, according to comments reported by the Israel newspaper Maariv.

According to the report, Kerry told Palestinian officials that he was strongly considering a run in 2020 and hinted that Trump will likely not be in office much longer in strongly worded conversation Wednesday.

"Hold on and be strong,” Kerry told the interviewer, a close associate of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, adding that he should tell Abbas "that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President [Donald] Trump’s demands.”

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The former top U.S. diplomat also commented on the ongoing efforts of the Trump administration to negotiate a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and suggested that Abbas present his own peace plan in the wake of the White House's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

“Maybe it is time for the Palestinians to define their peace principles and present a positive plan,” Kerry suggested.

Kerry previously ran for president in 2004, against President George W. Bush, who was running for reelection. Kerry lost the general election with 251 Electoral College votes to Bush's 286. He later became the final secretary of State to Bush's successor, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden raised key concerns with Putin, but may have overlooked others Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Obama on Supreme Court ruling: 'The Affordable Care Act is here to stay' MORE.

In December, Kerry admitted that he considered running for president in 2016, but eventually decided against it.

“For a minute or two, maybe somewhere along the line, it crossed my mind — possibly,” Kerry, a former senator from Massachusetts, told the Boston Globe.

“But there are a number of reasons why I dismissed the idea. And I’m glad. I think it was right. I never really thought that seriously about it.”