Donald Trump has opened the ‘Office of the Former President’ to continue the Trump administration’s agenda (Picture: Getty Images)
Donald Trump has claimed he will ‘forever be a champion for the American people’ in his first statement since leaving the White House.
The former US leader opened the ‘Office of the Former President’ on Monday in order to continue his administration’s agenda through advocacy, organising, and public activism.
Based in Florida, it will be run by his former administration’s aides and other staff.
A statement read: ‘The Office will be responsible for managing President 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, organizing, and public activism.
‘President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People.’
The billionaire businessman spoke to a reporter on Friday for the first time since Joe Biden took office.
Sitting in the Grill Room of the Trump International Golf Club in Florida, he said: ‘We’ll do something, but not just yet.’
An aide then cut off the interaction, the Washington Examiner reports.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump look at supporters before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 (Picture: AP)
Former Presidents are funded for the costs of leaving office for seven months under the Presidential Transition Act – including one month before their exit. This can include the money needed to set up a new office.
The Former Presidents Act will then help them to fund staff for 30 months, although total annual basic compensation for staff assistance can’t go over $150,000.
However, news of Trump’s new office came as the official articles of impeachment were delivered to the US Senate.
He is accused of ‘incitement of insurrection’ after Capitol riots resulted in five deaths.
The Senate trial – which will begin on February 8 – could stop Trump from making another bid for the presidency in 2024 and cut off presidential perks.
President Joe Biden has warned he believes there aren’t enough Republicans to convict Trump.
Speaking to CNN, he said the outcome would be different if he had six months left in office.
He said: ‘The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn’t changed that much.’
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