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Not going anywhere: Trump announces ‘Office of the Former President’

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Like a thorn in the side of his antagonists, Donald Trump just made it clear that he will not be going away anytime soon.

With Senate Democrats about to launch another kangaroo court to impeach a private citizen from an office he no longer holds, Trump announced the establishment of the “Office of the Former President.”

And while this isn’t an official government office, you may recall that before assuming office, President Joe Biden would stand before a backdrop advertising the Office of the President-Elect, which is also not an official government agency.

“Today, the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, formally opened the Office of the Former President,” read a statement shared on the social media platform Telegram.

“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 release continued.

As a former president, Trump maintains his Secret Service protection, has access to classified briefings — for now — and has the use of a Presidential Townhouse in DC.

With House Democrats delivering a rushed article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate Monday evening, an unprecedented second show trial will soon commence — the motivation for impeaching a man from an office he no longer holds is to ensure that Trump cannot run for office again.

On that note, the announcement of the formation of the office based in Palm Beach County, Fla., is seen by some in the media as Trump possibly “gearing up for another run at the White House.”

In response to a claim by New York Times columnist Maggie Haberman that Trump “was considering creating a third-party as a way to keep Senate [Republicans] in line ahead of impeachment, Trump’s 2020 campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said the former president “has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022.”

While tamping down the claim, the door to a future run was left open.

“There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that,” Miller said, according to Fox News. “But it’s completely up to Republican Senators if this is something that becomes more serious.”

As for the Senate trial, Chief Justice John Roberts will not be presiding over it because the U.S. Constitution requires the chief justice of the Supreme Court to preside over an impeachment trial for a president.

With Trump no longer president, Democrats have tapped Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to assume the role — in effect, a member of the jury will also be the judge.

Trump also announced his formal endorsement of his former press secretary Sarah Sanders, who is running for governor in Arkansas.

Having publicly encouraged Sanders to run for governor, the former president called her a “warrior who will always fight for the people of Arkansas and do what is right, not what is politically correct.”

Trump continued, “Sarah is strong on Borders, tough on Crime, and fully supports the Second Amendment and our great law enforcement officers.”

Tom Tillison


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