On Monday, Jan. 25, Donald Trump formally opened an office based in Florida called the Office of the Former President. An official statement was shared via the media, explaining in 40 words what the office will do. Anders Hagstrom, a White House correspondent for The Daily Caller, shared the announcement on Twitter: “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.”
The office’s announcement ends with a message to the American people, but perhaps in particular to the ex-president’s supporters: “President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People.” This was one of the few remarks Trump has been able to make to a large audience — and on Twitter — since early January 2021 when his favorite platform permanently banned him, citing repeated violations of Twitter’s rules and in the wake of the U.S. Capitol attack.
The office is a new channel for Trump after others were shut down
In its first official announcement, the Office of the Former President noted that it would “carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration.” How it intends to go about this is unclear. However, its very creation suggests Donald Trump will attempt to hold onto his base and continue in politics in some form, even as he faces a second impeachment (for insurrection). His first remarks to a journalist after leaving the Oval Office on Jan. 20 were made to the Washington Examiner two days later when he said, “We’ll do something, but not just yet.”
It would seem that that cryptic remark may have been in reference to the new Office of the Former President. His niece, Mary Trump, who wrote Too Much and Never Enough about her uncle, told CBS News in the days following Trump’s ban from Twitter that he should be barred from running for public office again, predicting that, “If he is allowed to, then as soon as Joe Biden is sworn in, Donald is going to start his 2024 campaign.” Is the Office of the Former President a step toward that end? Time will tell.
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