Though his public appearances since leaving the White House have been relatively rare, former President Donald Trump never fails to make headlines when he does turn up before an audience, large or small.
On Friday evening, Trump – accompanied by daughter-in-law Lara – made a surprise appearance at a charity event being held at his Mar-a-Lago resort, to the delight of those in attendance who responded with a rousing standing ovation, as West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV reported.
According to Breitbart, Trump’s made an impromptu visit to the fundraiser, which was being held on behalf of the Big Dog Ranch Rescue. The organization’s founder, Lauree Simmons, is working to remove thousands of dogs from China to prevent them from falling victim to the dog meat trade prevalent in parts of Asia, as WPTV noted.
Trump entered the event venue sporting a red MAGA cap and took to the stage to deliver a few remarks in which he praised the organization’s mission and wished them great success in their fundraising efforts. Watch:
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Notably, according to Breitbart, the former president also teased a possible run for the U.S. Senate from Lara Trump, bolstering rumors that she may seek the North Carolina seat set to be vacated by Republican Richard Burr, who is retiring once his current term expires. “I don’t know. You’re running for the Senate,” he said to his daughter-in-law, adding, “I hear she’s going to run for the Senate.”
Though he has not definitively declared whether he has any intention of seeking a return to the White House in 2024, Trump has made it clear that he plans to play a significant role in shaping the future of the Republican Party.
Trump’s Save America PAC, formed after the November election, has gotten off to a fast start in terms of fundraising, having reported a war chest of at least $31.2 million as of last month, according to Fox Business. The former president has also reportedly been conducting meetings with party leaders in recent weeks to determine how best to recruit candidates who support his “America First” philosophy, with his PAC declaring in a fundraising email, “no more money for RINOs,” according to TIME.
Senior Trump advisor Jason Miller recently claimed that “not only is President Trump the biggest name and the biggest draw in Republican politics, he’s the biggest name and the biggest draw in politics overall,” but whether he decides to fully seize the role of kingmaker for the 2022 midterm elections and beyond remains to be seen.