The former US president opened his new office in Florida on Monday (local time) in an effort to further his administration’s agenda as rumours persist about what he plans to do next.
A statement from the Office of the Former President said it would be responsible for managing Donald Trump’s “correspondence, public statements, appearances” as well as his “official activities to advance the interests of the United States”.
“[The office will] carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organising, and public activism,” a statement announcing the new office said.
“President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People.”
Trump receives a stipend of almost $200,000 for the first year at least to set up an office and pay staff so he can perform post-presidential duties.
The office will have an important role now that the former president has been banned from Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.
The announcement came on the same day the House of Representatives delivered to the Senate an impeachment article charging Trump with inciting insurrection in a speech to supporters before the deadly attack on the Capitol on January 6.
The Senate trial is expected to start on February 9.
During his last day in the White House, Trump told his avid supporters that “we will be back in some form”.
First email statement from post-presidency Trump includes new logo designed by Brad Parscale, per source familiar. pic.twitter.com/cEXOoZlq7M
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) January 26, 2021
Rumours continue about what Trump will do next
Despite not making a political appearance since dodging President Joe Biden’s inauguration, rumours have been swirling as to what the controversial politician has in store next.
Trump spent the weekend playing golf at his resort in Mar-a-Lago in Florida and plotting revenge against the Republicans who crossed him, the Washington Post has reported.
Those who have most riled Trump appear to be senior House Republican Liz Cheney and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and others that accused him of inciting the deadly Capitol riots.
But it is unclear how he plans to get back at his Republican rivals at this stage.
It was earlier reported that he was looking at creating his own MAGA political party, but sources later told New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman that Trump had backed down from the idea after it was “gently pointed out to him” that “threatening a third party while simultaneously threatening primaries makes no sense”.
There were also reports last year that Trump planned to start his own TV network as revenge against Fox News for calling the election for Joe Biden.
Trump continues to support strong allies
Trump called strong ally Arizona state party chairwoman Dr Kelli Ward on the weekend to endorse her reelection.
She won with a narrow 3 per cent lead.
Dr Ward has relentlessly — but unsuccessfully — sued to overturn the November presidential election results.
She said she’s a “Trump Republican” who will “always put America first, who believes in faith, family and freedom.”
The way forward for the GOP, she said, is keeping Trump’s 74 million voters engaged.
“Yes, I will be radical about those things because those are the things that keep this country great,” Dr Ward said.
“The people who are complaining are the people who actually put us in this spot where we are in Arizona.”
Trump’s lawyer sued for billions
The news comes after Dominion Voting Systems Inc filed a lawsuit against Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, accusing him of defamation for making false claims of fraud about the November election, court documents indicate.
Dominion earlier filed lawsuits against the Trump campaign and former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, whom the company also accused of spreading false conspiracy theories about the election that Trump lost to Biden.
Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dominion is seeking $A1.7 billion in damages from the former New York City mayor, alleging in the lawsuit that "he and his allies manufactured and disseminated the 'Big Lie,' which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election."
Dominion said it filed the lawsuit "to set the record straight" and to "stand up for itself, its employees and the electoral process".
A group of prominent lawyers last week asked New York's judiciary to suspend Giuliani's law licence because he allegedly made false claims in post-election lawsuits and urged Trump's supporters to engage in "trial by combat" shortly before they stormed the US Capitol on January 6.
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