President Donald Trump said Sunday he won`t run for re-election in 2020, despite saying he was considering it last week.
The president tweeted the news Sunday after he said he had no plans to seek another term in office.
Trump said he wouldn’t run because he wanted to focus on the nation`s economy.
The tweet came just hours after he told supporters he would be “more focused” on health care, the economy and infrastructure.
Trump said Sunday that he will have a full report on the federal probe of his campaign, a sign that he was trying to clarify a number of questions about the probe, including whether the special counsel Robert Mueller is doing a fair job.
The White House said Sunday night that Mueller was investigating the Trump campaign for possible collusion with Russia.
The special counsel has been investigating possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia in the 2016 election and possible ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin.
Trump and his team have said there is no collusion and no evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia.
Mueller has said he is not investigating any possible collusion.
Trump tweeted on Sunday that the “fake news” media has done an “unprecedented job” of reporting on the investigation, but he also said he would not be a distraction to the nation.
“The fake news media has been working hard to delegitimize my presidency,” Trump said.
“They have not reported anything that is happening or will happen.
They have made up stories, lied about things, they have made it up.”
Trump also told supporters Sunday night he was planning to announce his decision by Thursday, adding that he did not want to be distracted by the investigation.
After the president`s tweet, some Republican senators called for him to resign.
The president`t taken a position on whether he will run in 2020 or not, and there was no indication Sunday night whether he would follow through with that.
In a statement on Twitter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was working to get the president to agree to resign, and called on him to do so by Thursday.
McConnell said the Senate should have a fully functioning government by Friday and that it should be an emergency.
Democrats, who control the Senate, are working on legislation to impeach Trump and a bill that would require him to release his tax returns.
Republicans have been pushing legislation to keep the government open.