Former President Donald Trump has started to emerge from a quiet week following the inauguration of Joe Biden, officially opening an “Office of the Former President” to continue working on his political agenda.
From the New York Post:
A statement from the office Monday night said 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.
Trump caused speculation over the last week regarding his plans after leaving office, remarking in a farewell video the day before the inauguration that his term in office “was only just the beginning” of his political movement.
“As I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning,” Trump said. “There’s never been anything like it. The belief that a nation must serve its citizens will not dwindle but instead only grow stronger by the day. As long as the American people hold in their hearts deep and devoted love of country, then there is nothing this nation cannot achieve.”
Trump even hinted at the possibility that he could start his own political party, named the “Patriot Party,” but has so far declined to offer specifics about what might be in the works.
“We’ll do something, but not just yet,” Trump told a Washington Examiner reporter Friday.
Details are still sparse on what the Office of the Former President might have on the agenda, but some indications show one of Trump’s first orders of business will be to endorse candidates he believes will continue the agenda he set as president.
Late Monday night, Trump endorsed his former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in her bid for Governor of Arkansas, saying that she would make a “great governor.”
“Sarah is strong on Borders, tough on Crime, and fully supports the Second Amendment and our great law enforcement officers,” Trump said in a statement.
There’s also been rumors that Trump could be planning to support primary challenges for GOP Senators that fail to back him up during his impeachment trial, something adviser Jason Miller did not deny when asked about the possibility.
“The president has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022,” Miller said. “There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that, but it’s completely up to Republican senators if this is something that becomes more serious.”