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Friday, March 31, 2023

Trump says he’s “angry” by ending his campaign hiatus and “more committed” to his White House bid

(CNN) — Former President Donald Trump said Saturday he is more committed than ever to reclaiming the White House job as he launches his re-election campaign for the first time since announcing a third presidential run in November.

Appearing in New Hampshire before a second stop in South Carolina, Trump said he was “more angry” about the direction of the country and vowed to return “many, many times” to the country’s first primary state as he Let’s try to repeat ourselves. Ranked #1 in the Granite State in 2016.

“This is it,” Trump told members of the New Hampshire Republican Party at their annual gathering in Salem. “We’re starting here as presidential candidates.”

Meanwhile, in South Carolina, Trump promised that his 2024 campaign would be “about the future,” in a speech that largely avoided repeating the lies about the 2020 election that he has campaigned for the past two years. are doing.

“This campaign will be about the future. This campaign will be about themes. Joe Biden has put America on the fast track to ruin and destruction, and we will do that,” the former president said at a small event at the Statehouse in Columbia. Will make sure he doesn’t get another four years.

On his way to South Carolina, Trump took aim at potential 2024 contender Ron DeSantis, telling reporters aboard his plane that the Florida governor and his team were about to “rewrite history” about their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. trying. He described the potential presidential candidacy of his Republican rival as “very unfair”.

Trump also said that Nikki Haley, who served as his ambassador to the United Nations, called him in recent days to inform him that she was considering a 2024 presidential bid.

“I talked to him for a while, I said, ‘Look, you know, if you want to run, follow your heart,'” Trump said. “She publicly said ‘I would never run against my president, he was a great president.’

Trump said he told Haley that she “should do it.”

Haley, who recently moved her top advisers to Charleston, is said to be weighing the timing of launching a campaign because she doesn’t want to be the first to take on Trump alone. In 2021, he said he would not challenge Trump if he ran for the White House again in 2024.

CNN has contacted DeSantis and Haley for comment.

back to campaign events

Earlier Saturday, the Trump campaign sent out a fundraising email announcing that “no other candidate has worked so quickly to win every last vote,” and described itself as “the first to campaign in the first two primary states.” first Republican presidential candidate”.

In New Hampshire, Trump announced that outgoing Republican Party Chairman Stephen Stepanek would join his campaign as a senior advisor.

Stepanek co-chaired Trump’s first presidential campaign, serving two terms, before becoming the top Republican official in New Hampshire. He joins the Trump team as the three-time presidential candidate faces dwindling support among state officials who are looking for a fresh face to lead their party’s ticket.

In his remarks in Salem, Trump defended his months on the road, dampening media coverage that raised questions about the slow start to his campaign by remaining in Florida since launching his candidacy in November. . He stressed that his 2024 campaign is not playing “stop defense”, referring to a strategy used in American football by a team with a lead late in a game.

“He said, ‘He’s not holding rallies, maybe he’s lost that step.’ Trump said, ‘Now I am more angry and committed than ever.

In New Hampshire, Trump also touted his new proposal to eliminate federal funding for schools that “promote significant race theory or left-wing gender ideology” and have parents elect school principals. , a plan similar to what he referred to as “the final form”. local control. ,

second leg of the day

Meanwhile, a who’s who of campaign aides and allies were on hand for Trump’s second stop this Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina, including senior advisers Brian Jack and Chris LaVitta and Dan Scavino, former director of social media for the White House.

With his podium positioned beneath the Capitol Rotunda and surrounded by American flags, the event featured all of the President’s event. He was deliberately chosen to appear this way by the Trump team, hoping to capitalize on its candidate’s unique status as a former president, especially as he prepares to draw rivals in the coming weeks. Including Haley, possibly.

Right in front of Trump’s announcement was the chamber of the South Carolina House of Representatives, whose Republican members approached the former president’s 2024 campaign with a mixture of glee and apprehension.

While some enthusiastically accepted his offer, others told CNN ahead of Saturday’s event that they were waiting to see how the GOP primary field shapes up, especially if Haley and Sen. Tim Scott – South Carolina Two natives of the U.S. who trace their own run for the White House. – They decide to take on the former president.

Trump was in South Carolina on Saturday to introduce his campaign’s state leadership team, which includes Governor Henry McMaster and Sen. Lindsey Graham. At the event, he stopped short of falsely claiming the 2020 election was stolen, but vowed to “restore the integrity of the election” and said, “people have to believe in the election.”

Trump won the South Carolina primary in 2016 by 10 points, a feat he hopes to accomplish again this cycle. Still, his main potential rival, DeSantis, is already working to groom his allies in the state, according to a person familiar with the outreach.

“He already has a very close group and he is calling them to explain,” this person said.

The Trump investigation by the Justice Department continues, with Special Counsel Jack Smith overseeing the criminal investigation into the interception of classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and parts of the insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Both investigations cover Trump’s conduct.

Trump’s campaign events this Saturday come in the wake of recent revelations that classified documents were also found at locations linked to both Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a separate special prosecutor to investigate classified Obama-era documents found at Biden’s home and former private office.

Earlier this week, Facebook’s parent company Meta announced it would restore Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks, two years after suspending them following the January 6 attack.

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