Donald Trump Jr. talks about running for governor of New York
Donald Trump Jr. wants to run for political office, telling members of an elite gun club that he could set his sights on becoming governor of New York.
Don Jr. spoke to members of the F6 Labs gun club in Hicksville, NY, and, when asked about his political ambitions, said he would love to follow his father, President Donald Trump, into office.
A guest at Tuesday’s meeting told Page Six, “Don Jr. said he is interested in running for office, such as governor of New York, but the position of mayor of New York would be less interesting to him.”
Don Jr. added that he didn’t want to be one of 100 Senators, nor a member of Congress.
Campaigning alongside his father made him think about his future, with him saying, “Do I want to be behind the scenes and be a mouthpiece and fight back against crazy liberal media? Maybe.” Don Jr. joked that he missed the intensity of the presidential campaign: “Going back to doing deals is boring after 18 months. The politics bug bit me.”
Since his father was sworn in, he and his brother Eric have taken over the Trump Organization.
While Don Jr. didn’t indicate when he’d run, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is up for re-election in 2018, although he’s been named as a possible presidential candidate for 2020.
Cuomo’s clashed with President Trump on immigration, climate change and Obamacare, and has also pushed for regulation of firearms.
Don Jr., meanwhile, seems to be laying the groundwork with gun advocates. He’s an avid hunter who’s stalked elephants and posed with a dead leopard in a controversial Twitter post.Speaking in front of a group that included Nassau Police Commish Thomas Krumpter, vodka company owner Marty Silver, lawyer and lobbyist Brad Gerstman and restaurateur Chris Tsarsi, Don Jr. said he would oppose anything that restricts the Second Amendment, and he supports state reciprocity laws, which allow guns to be carried from state to state with a permit.
He also spends every weekend in the Catskills hunting, fishing and shooting with his family.
A Trump source added, “Don [Jr.] has no intentions of running for political office at this time . . . [He] is totally focused on running the Trump Organization with his brother.”