Former President Donald Trump might have been unusually quiet in the days following his departure from the White House, but that certainly doesn’t mean he’s not behind the scenes making big moves.
According to Fox News, Trump made his first official post-presidency move out of his Palm Beach, Florida-based home, announcing in a statement that he has created the “Office of the Former President,” which will serve as the former president’s public relations wing moving forward.
The newly-created office will handle tasks such as managing appearances, correspondence, public statements and other related matters as Trump begins to map out his future role on the political scene.
The new office will also “advance the interests of the United States and … carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism,” according to the statement released on Monday night.
Former President Donald Trump has officially opened the ‘Office of the Former President,’ which will manage his correspondence, public statements, and activities to “carry on the agenda of the Trump Admin. through advocacy…” pic.twitter.com/jCyPccOntw
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The timing of the announcement came after several reports that suggested Mr. Trump is already considering playing an active role in GOP politics for the upcoming 2022 midterms, after tabling the idea that he was seeking to form a third party, according to the Daily Wire.
“The President has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022,” Trump adviser Jason Miller said. “There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that, but it’s completely up to Republican Senators if this is something that becomes more serious.”
It’s not a stretch to assume that his new office will be the PR wing of statements regarding his upcoming Senate impeachment trial. The opening arguments for the trial are currently scheduled to begin on February 8, although a number of Republican senators are aggressively pushing back on the idea that a private citizen can be tried in the U.S. Senate.