The New York Times published a report Thursday suggesting presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump may quit the race and not serve as president after defeating presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The article, titled, “Would Donald Trump Quit if He Wins the Election? He Doesn’t Rule It Out,” suggests the billionaire may have played coy in reaction to the Times‘ question in order to receive more news coverage.
“Presented in a recent interview with a scenario, floating around the political ether, in which the presumptive Republican nominee proves all the naysayers wrong, beats Hillary Clinton and wins the presidency, only to forgo the office as the ultimate walk-off winner, Mr. Trump flashed a mischievous smile,” Times‘ Jason Horowitz, who is known for writing political features, reports.
“I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it happens,” Trump responded to the hypothetical question.
“It is, of course, entirely possible that Mr. Trump is playing coy to earn more news coverage,” Horowitz suggests. “But the notion of the intensely competitive Mr. Trump’s being more interested in winning the presidency than serving as president is not exactly a foreign concept to close observers of this presidential race.”