NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr., rumored to be eyeing a move to follow his father’s footsteps into politics, will not be a candidate for governor of New York next year but is not ruling out a possible run for office in the future.
The younger Trump, in an interview Monday with The Associated Press, categorically denied any speculation that he might challenge incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I am not running in 2018,” Trump said in his first public comments about a possible candidacy next year.
But he acknowledged having been bitten by the politics bug and said that he could consider a run down the road.
“Maybe someday,” Trump said. “It’s not something I’m doing now. But you never know, it’s fascinating stuff.”
The political future of Donald Trump Jr., who along with his brother Eric has taken the helm of the Trump Organization since their father took office, has been the subject of repeated speculation since he played a very active role as a campaign surrogate for much of the last two years. His well-received speech at last summer’s Republican National Convention electrified conservative circles and sparked talk that he might run for mayor of New York City.