Trump officially opens ‘Office of the Former President’
Former President Donald Trump has officially opened an office in Florida that will serve to continue his political agenda.
A statement from the office on Monday night said that it will manage Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to “advance the interest of the United States.”
The office will also “carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism,” the statement says.
The announcement came as Democrats marched the impeachment case against Trump to the Senate Monday night for the start of his historic trial. Republican senators, meanwhile, were easing off their criticism of the former president and shunning calls to convict him over his supposed role in the deadly incursion at the U.S. Capitol.
Last Friday, Trump said he will make a comeback in some form, but did not specify how.
The House prosecutors delivered the sole impeachment charge of “incitement of insurrection,” making the ceremonial walk across the Capitol to the Senate. But Republican denunciations of Trump have cooled since the Jan. 6 riot. Instead, Republicans are presenting a tangle of legal arguments against the legitimacy of the trial and questions whether Trump’s repeated demands to overturn Joe Biden’s election really amounted to incitement.
Arguments in the Senate trial will begin the week of Feb. 8, and the case against Trump, the first former president to face an impeachment trial, will test a political party still sorting itself out for the post-Trump era. Republican senators are balancing the demands of deep-pocketed donors who are distancing themselves from Trump and voters who demand loyalty to him.
“We’ll do something, but not just yet,” Trump told journalist Rob Crilly of the Washington Examiner.
Speculation about Trump’s post-presidency has ranged from him possibly starting his media company to running for a second term in 2024.
Trump’s 2020 campaign senior adviser Jason Miller on Sunday ruled out the possibility of Trump running in future elections on a third-party ticket, saying that his immediate focus is to help Republicans win back the House and Senate in the 2022 midterms.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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