President Donald J. Trump has announced that he is creating an official “Office of the Former President” in Palm Beach County, Florida, to oversee his affairs.
“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,” said the 45th president in a statement released on Monday night.
“President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People,” the announcement also noted.
There had been speculation in the days since he left office that Trump might begin a third party and prepare to run on such a ticket in 2024. On Sunday, however, Trump 2020 senior campaign adviser Jason Miller ruled out that option.
Miller said that Trump’s immediate focus is to help other Republicans win back seats in the House and Senate in the 2022 midterms, according to Fox News.
In other news, Trump endorsed Sarah Huckabee Sanders in her run for governor of Arkansas, which she announced on Monday. It was Trump’s first official endorsement since he left the White House.
Trump called Sanders “a warrior who will always fight for the people of Arkansas and do what is right, not what is politically correct.”
He said that she is “strong on borders, tough on crime, and fully supports the Second Amendment and our great law enforcement officers.”
Sanders, 38, served as White House press secretary for the Trump administration from 2017 to 2019. She is married and has three children.
In an interview a few months ago with Christian News Journal, Sanders said she credits God for sustaining her through trials in life.
Her faith, she said, “gave me the confidence to step on that stage and behind that podium [as White House press secretary] and take on my critics. I didn’t need anyone to define me,” she added. “I didn’t need The New York Times or The Washington Post to tell me who I was. I already had a Creator who’s given me purpose.”
She also shared that the New Testament verse Philippians 4:13 sustains her every day: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden—who has been governing thus far largely by executive order—admitted in an interview on Monday that it appears congressional Democrats will not be able to convict Trump in any impeachment trial, as they won’t have the votes to do so. He thinks the trial should occur nonetheless.
“His comments are a likely blow for Democrats and come as House Democrats presented an article of impeachment to the Senate [on] Monday night,” as Fox News noted in a live blog report.
The Senate impeachment trial against Trump is slated to begin on February 8, 2021. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will be presiding over the trial. Leahy is the most senior member of the Senate Democratic Conference.
GOP critics, however, say such an arrangement represents a conflict of interest, The Hill and other outlets reported, as Leahy voted last February to impeach Trump.
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This article was written by Maureen Mackey. She is a writer, editor, and digital content strategist.