Trump opens office to 'carry on' agenda of his administration

WASHINGTON (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – Mr Donald Trump has opened an office in Florida that will handle his duties as a former US president and seek to further his administration’s agenda.

“The office will be responsible for managing (Mr) 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, organising, and public activism,” a statement said on Monday (Jan 25).

The letterhead on the statement indicated that the office will operate out of Palm Beach, where Mr Trump moved after leaving the White House last week.

The announcement came on the same day the House of Representatives delivered to the Senate an impeachment article charging Mr Trump with inciting insurrection in a speech to supporters before the deadly attack on the Capitol on Jan 6 as Congress was about to certify the election that he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

The Senate trial is expected to start on Feb 9.

In farewell remarks on his last day as president last Wednesday, Mr Trump told supporters: “We will be back in some form.”

Mr Trump has made no public appearances since flying that day to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Before leaving office, Mr Trump talked with associates about forming a political party called the “Patriot Party”, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Before leaving office, he pursued unsuccessful legal challenges to overturn his Nov 3 election loss to Mr Biden, falsely claiming that there had been widespread electoral fraud.

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