The billionaire is flirting more and more openly with the idea of running for president the 2024 presidential election.
Former US President Donald Trump at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida on July 23, 2022.
Donald Trump returns to Washington on Tuesday for the first time since leaving office, to deliver a speech on crime to an allied think tank that has drawn up an agenda for a possible second term of the former president.
Mr. Trump will address the America First Policy Institute's (AFPI) America First Agenda Summit, as some advisers urge him to spend more time talking about his vision for the future and less time to recall the 2020 election as he is expected to announce a campaign for the 2024 White House race.
I think it will be a very policy-oriented and forward-looking speech, very much like a State of the Union 5.0, said AFPI President Brooke Rollins.
Composed of former Trump administration officials and allies, the nonprofit is widely seen as an administration-in-waiting who could quickly move to the West Wing of the White House if Mr. Trump runs again and wins.
Mr. Trump's appearance in Washington — his first trip since January 20, 2021, when President Joe Biden was sworn in — comes as his would-be rivals in 2024 have taken increasingly overt steps to challenge his status as the party's flag bearer.
Among them was former Vice President Mike Pence, who touted his own Freedom Agenda ) in speeches that implicitly contrast Mr. Trump.
Some people may choose to focus on the past, but I think conservatives need to focus on the future. If we do, we will not only win the next election, we will change the course of American history for generations, Mr. Pence had planned to say in a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on the eve of the visit. of Mr. Trump.
Ex-Vice President Mike Pence during a speech in Las Vegas last November.
Mr. Pence's appearance has been postponed due to inclement weather, but he will deliver his own speech on Tuesday morning at the nearby Young America's Foundation. of the AFPI meeting.
Since leaving office, Donald Trump has spent much of his time focusing on the elections of 2020 and spreading lies about his defeat to cast doubt on Mr. Biden's victory.
Even as the January 6 committee shed light on his desperate and potentially illegal to stay in power, Mr. Trump has continued to try to pressure officials to overturn Mr. Biden's victory, although there is no way legal to decertify the last elections.