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 AP, 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 future run for office. "Maybe someday," he said. "It's not something I'm doing now. But you never know, it's fascinating stuff."
The political future of Trump Jr.—who, along with his brother Eric, has taken the helm of the Trump Organization—has been the subject of speculation since he played a very active role in his father's campaign. His well-received speech at the Republican National Convention electrified conservative circles and sparked talk that he might run for mayor of New York City. Trump Jr. quashed that idea on Monday. "People keep asking me: when are you running for mayor?" he said. "Well, I'm not. If I was, New York City mayor is much less interesting to me than perhaps other things like governor of a state. That's not saying I'm running. It's just saying that, hey, if I ever did something, I'd probably be more interested in something like that."