Former President Donald Trump surprised critics this week by opening an “Office of the Former President”. A press release from the office says it seeks to advance the interests of the United States and carry on the agenda of his administration. Trump received the most votes of any incumbent president in history.
“The office will be responsible for managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing and public activism,” according to organizers. “President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American people.”
The announcement came shortly before the House of Representatives delivered a single impeachment charge to the Senate late Monday. The “incitement of insurrection” charge claims that Trump was responsible for inciting an insurrection that resulted in riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Although Trump left office on Jan. 20, Senate leaders are determined to press forward. If convicted, senators then can choose to disqualify the former president from ever holding office again.
When Trump left Washington for Florida on Jan. 20, he told supporters that he and his team would “be back in some form. I will always fight for you. I will always be watching. I will be listening.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said over the weekend that Trump had told him that he wants to run for the presidency again. Grenell told Newsmax, “He’s told me personally, multiple times, that he does want to run again. So we’ll see if that holds and how that comes about; I think we’ve got a long ways to go.”
Jason Miller, a campaign adviser, said earlier this month that Trump would be involved in the 2022 midterms, with the immediate focus being to help Republicans win back both chambers of Congress. It is unclear whether he would run for president in 2024. Miller also said that Trump and his team do not have any affiliation with a newly formed political committee called the MAGA Patriot Party, amid speculation that Trump would try to form a third party.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice