Palm Beach (Florida):
Former U.S. President Donald Trump set up an official post-presidency office in Palm Beach County Monday to set up a vehicle for future public appearances and statements.
“The former president’s office” will manage Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearance and official activities, according to a press release from the office.
“Today the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, officially opened the former president’s office,” the statement said.
It added, “The office will be responsible for managing the correspondence, public statements, appearances and official activities of President Trump to advance US interests and carry the Trump administration’s agenda.”
“President Trump will always be an advocate of the American people,” it said.
The Hill reported that the office’s title might spark speculation that Trump might no longer run for president in 2024, which he and his advisors have not definitely weighed.
The former president has been publicly silent since leaving the White House for his Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach estate last week. After the January 6 riot at the Capitol, he was banned from Twitter and suspended from other major social media platforms.
Trump spoke briefly to a reporter at his golf club a few days after he left, but did not make extensive comments on his plans for the future. Trump is expected to reside in Florida and be surrounded by a few aides.
Allies have said Trump intends to endorse key challenges facing Republicans whom he wronged after losing his election, such as Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) and Republican House Conference Chair Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the one in ten Republicans was voting against Trump earlier this month.
The US House of Representatives presented the impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump to the Senate for inciting the uprising in the Capitol on January 6th. Last week, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump’s impeachment trial was scheduled to begin the week of February 8th.
It will be the first time in US history that a president has faced two impeachment trials, or that a president has been charged after leaving office.
On January 13, a week before Biden took office, the lower chamber of the US Congress voted 232-197 to indict Trump for inciting violence against the US government. Even though Trump is no longer president, the Senate could still condemn him and vote to forbid him from ever running for office again.
It was the second time Trump has been indicted by the Democratically controlled house. The first time he was acquitted by the Senate in February last year (with only one Republican voting for an impeachment article). In contrast to the impeachment over the Ukrainian relief scandal, the GOP House (Grand Old Party – another name for the Republican Party) legislators broke the rank by 10 votes to impeach Trump.
It takes 67 votes in the 100-seat Senate to convict Trump of impeachment. This would take 17 GOP senators to break the rank. Trump is preparing an impeachment team for next month’s Senate trial, despite not publicly commenting on it.