Trump teases future plans in his first remarks to press since leaving office

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Former President Donald Trump delivered his first post-presidency words to the press on Friday, and they were a doozy.

We’ll do something, but not just yet,” he said when asked about his post-presidency plans.

The pithy remarks were made to a Washington Examiner correspondent as Trump reportedly “sat at his regular table in the Grill Room of the Trump International Golf Club” in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Perhaps more would have been said, but one of the former president’s aides “then swooped in and swiftly, but politely, ended the interaction.”

Though brief, his remarks lend credence to emerging theories that Trump is planning something big now that he’s out of office — perhaps even a new political party.

“President Trump has talked in recent days with associates about forming a new political party, according to people familiar with the matter, an effort to exert continued influence after he leaves the White House,” The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

“Mr. Trump discussed the matter with several aides and other people close to him last week, the people said. The president said he would want to call the new party the ‘Patriot Party,’ the people said.”

However, the former president’s remarks also suggest he’s in no rush and, instead, intends to bide his time, either out of a need for a post-presidency break, or because he recognizes the enormity of the challenge that lies ahead of him.

According to his aides, it’s the former.

“He needs a break. I think we all hope he just plays golf for a month, but he always has to be on the go,” one aide said to the Examiner.

He’s currently stationed at his Mar-a-Lago resort, which lies a short distance from the Trump International Golf Club. According to the Examiner, he “brought a small staff with him to Florida” who’re now “working out of the Mar-a-Lago club as they begin to ramp up operations.” What sort of “operations?” That remains unclear.

“He’s a very unpredictable guy,” longtime Mar-a-Lago member Carl Domino, a former Florida state lawmaker, told the Examiner.

Indeed, he is.

For the time being, though, Trump’s schedule has centered on golf. In his first post-presidency outing Thursday, in fact, he was spotted golfing.

“After spending the night at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida residence, he left in a motorcade for the short trip to Trump International Golf Club West Palm Beach. About a dozen SUVs, including Suburbans with blacked-out windows, could be seen pulling into the club’s driving before stopping in front of the main entrance,” the Washington Examiner reported.

“Trump was not visible, but a source familiar with his movements said the former president had left Mar-a-Lago minutes earlier to play golf. No one from Trump’s team was available to comment,” the report said.

Here’s the kicker, though: He was spotted golfing while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

Look:

The following brief video footage of him on the golf course was also captured:

 

Posted by Fasanmi Paul Abiola on Friday, January 22, 2021

The video appeared on Facebook courtesy Fasanmi Paul Abiola, a journalist with The Nation, a daily newspaper published in Lagos, Nigeria.

The president’s decision to keep wearing the hat seems to signal that he’s not done yet and is indeed intent on running for reelection in 2024.

(Trump will be back, Jack!)

We will be back in some form,” were, in fact, the final words he’d said to the press right before he departed the White House for good on Wednesday.

Part of the reason why the president is delaying his re-entry into the political realm could be because of his upcoming impeachment trial. Were he to be convicted by the Senate, the Democrat-led body could easily bar him from ever running for election again.

“If he is convicted by the Senate, lawmakers could hold another vote to block him from running for elected office again – which he had indicated he planned to do in 2024. This could be the biggest consequence of this impeachment,” the BBC notes.

“If he is convicted, a simple majority of senators would be needed to block Mr Trump from holding ‘any office of honour, trust or profit under the United States.'”

Of course, the ability to actually convict lies almost entirely in the hands of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. If by chance he votes to convict, which he’s suggested he might, chances are a majority of his GOP underlings might then follow suit. But if McConnell remains loyal to Trump, then the former president’s conviction will most likely “never” happen.

Vivek Saxena

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