For the first time since leaving office, former President Trump will return to Washington DC on Tuesday to make a policy address to an ally think group that has been working on a second term agenda.
President Trump will speak at the America First Policy Institute’s two-day America First Agenda Summit, where some advisers have urged him to spend more time talking about his long-term vision for the country and less time rehashing the 2020 election as he prepares to announce a 2024 White House campaign.
President Brooke Rollins, AFPI’s CEO, expects the address to be “extremely policy-focused, forward-leaning, and like a State of the Union 5.0.” It is commonly believed that the organisation, which is made up of former Trump administration officials and loyalists, could move rapidly into the White House if Trump were to run again and win.
Donald Trump’s first journey back to Washington since 2021, when President Joe Biden was inaugurated, comes at a time when his possible 2024 competitors are taking more public measures to challenge his role as the party’s standard-bearer. For example, former Vice President Mike Pence has been championing his own “Freedom Agenda” in speeches that serve as an implied contrast with Trump.
“While some may want to dwell on the past, I think conservatives should look to the future. This will not only help us win the next election; it will also alter the trajectory of American history for future generations,” Vice President Mike Pence had intended to remark before of Trump’s Washington visit when he spoke at Heritage Foundation in Washington. Pence’s attendance at the AFPI convention was postponed due to severe weather, but he will make a speech at the Young America’s Foundation only a few blocks away on Tuesday morning.
The majority of Trump’s time since leaving office has been spent thinking about and disseminating falsehoods about his defeat to undermine the legitimacy of Biden’s win. So even as the Jan. 6 committee laid bare his desperate and potentially illegal attempts to remain in power and his refusal of violent mobs of his supporters as they tried to halt the peaceful transition of power, Trump continued to press officials to overturn Biden’s win, despite the fact that there was no legal means to decertify the previous election.
He intends to concentrate on public safety on Tuesday.
Spokesman Taylor Budowich said, “President Trump sees an America in decline that is partly caused by increased crime and neighbourhoods that are becoming less secure under Democratic policies”. In his comments, he’ll expose Democratic policy failures and set out an America-first strategy for public safety that will undoubtedly be a defining issue in the next midterm elections and beyond.
To prepare for retaking control of the White House, America First Policy Institute staff members have been working hard since the summit, “ensuring we do have the policies, people and process nailed down for every critical agency when we do take the White House back,” Rollins said.
She said that the foundation was born out of a desire to prevent the chaos that erupted in the opening months of Trump’s presidency when he arrived to the White House unprepared and without any concrete plans in place. Larry Kudlow and Robert O’Brien were among the senior Trump administration officials who started drawing out a second-term strategy for Trump during his reelection campaign, while Rollins was in charge of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council.
That second term plan “that we never disclosed” was what prompted the creation of the AFPI when Trump was no longer in the Oval Office, she claimed.
Ex-Trump administration officials who had previously been turned away from more lucrative positions have expanded the company into an enormous monster with a $25 million operating budget and 150 employees, including 17 top White House officials and nine former Cabinet members.
There are more than 20 policy centres run by the organisation, and it has made an attempt to influence local legislators and education boards outside of Washington, D.C. Several weeks ago, Axios reported on a “American leadership project,” directed by Michael Rigas, the former director of the Office of Personnel Management, to identify prospective Trump-supporting workers who may be employed as part of a bigger drive to replace substantial sections of the government’s civil service.
America First Legal, which is committed to battling President Joe Biden’s agenda in the judicial system, the Center for Renewing America and the Conservative Partnership Institute are just some of the Trump-allied groups that have continued to advocate his policies in his absence.
Ten critical policy topics, such as the economy, health care, and election security, are to be highlighted during this summit. Trump’s trademark themes, such as the continuation of southern border wall construction and a goal to “dismantle the administrative state,” are all included.
“Contract with America,” the 1994 election-winning strategy put out by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, has been lauded by Gingrich in a speech Monday.
According to him, “the American people demand answers.”