“We met some of our cabinet members tonight,” Mark Meadows, his former White House chief of staff, told Newsmax on Friday.
“We actually had a follow-up meeting with some members of our cabinet and while we are looking at this, we are looking at what will come next. I’m not authorized to speak for the president, but I can tell you this: We wouldn’t be together tonight if we hadn’t planned to actually move forward with President Trump at the head of this ticket. “
The Trump loyalist also insisted that the former president is “fully engaged, very focused and remains focused on his task” and that “the magic is still there”, even though one of Mr. Trump in a Republican second-round race fell flat.
Earlier this week, Texas State Representative Jake Ellzey defeated Mr. Trump’s preferred candidate in a special second round for the 6th Congressional District of Texas, following the February death of Ron Wright, who had contracted Covid.
Mr Trump had endorsed Susan Wright, the widow of the late congressman, and backed her up with a robocall and a $ 100,000 ad buy from a partner political action committee.
After the events of January 6, the briefly reprimanded president remained silent for a few months, before returning to the national stage this summer for what has been called his ” revenge tour», His first series of post-2020 campaign style rallies. Events took place in Ohio, Florida and Georgia, and often involved the former president suing GOP lawmakers in those states who supported his impeachment and bolstered their opponents.
At the rallies, Mr. Trump backed down on his completely debunked claims that the 2020 election was “rigged.”
Throughout the year, the ex-president sought to portray himself as a kingmaker within the Republican Party, and frequently issued threats and condemnations against his fellow GOPs, with mixed success. Some party members have ignored his calls to oppose the recently advanced bipartisan infrastructure package, which Trump called “the US loser.”
“This is a loser for the United States, a terrible deal and makes Republicans look weak and stupid and stupid,” Trump said of the infrastructure plan in a statement, adding, “Don’t do it , Republicans – Patriots will never forget. If this agreement comes true, many primaries will come your way. “
While the former president paused just before formally announcing a race in 2024, one thing is for sure: we’ll be hearing a lot more from him by then.