Donald Trump looks to be backing away from his plan to run for President again in 2024 as his support wavers.
When Trump failed in his reelection bid in November he immediately told his allies he planned to run again in 2024 - however after the deadly riots at Capitol Hill, a growing number of Republicans are losing faith in him.
Some have placed blame for the insurrection, which left five dead, squarely on the shoulders of the President. In interviews with Politico, more than half a dozen Republicans who either worked for or supported Trump say he is unlikely to run again - some said even if he did, they wouldn't support him.
"I think nothing is going to happen," one friend is quoted as saying.
"He won't be around in 2024. He's not going to run. He's going to f**k around and say he's going to run … He'll tease. I don't think he's ever going to say 'I won't run.' He just won't run."
"He is not the leader of any Republican Party I recognise," Scott Jennings, who worked for President George W. Bush and is close to the Trump White House, is quoted as saying.
A former Trump aide said the President now "needs to be ostracized and excommunicated from the Republican Party".
Other allies of the President say he had cooled on the plan to run again in 2024 as it would require that he disclose financial information, according to two Republicans close to Trump.
The unnamed sources say disclosing that information would make him more vulnerable to criminal and civil investigations.
However, more than 100 House Republicans and a dozen in the Senate signed they objected to certifying Presidential victor Joe Biden.
"All the people who despise and dislike Donald Trump have looked for every possible reason to smear him," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
"Biden will be the de facto president. But for 45 percent of the country, he will never be an acceptable president. There will always be a belief this was a corrupt and dishonest election."
With less than two weeks left in his term, Trump is in hot water. Democrats have filed an article of impeachment against him, charging him with inciting an insurrection with a vote in the House expected in days.
His fellow Republicans have objected to a resolution by unanimous consent and are calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office.
The 25th amendment would strip Trump of his power and transfer it to Pence but CNN reports he is saving the option in case the President "becomes more unstable".