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Trump Expected to Lay Out Lengthy Second-Term Agenda Tonight

Former President Donald Trump’s expected campaign announcement Tuesday will pitch voters on his plan for a second term in office that would revive frustrated pillars of his 2016 bid and first-term agenda.

A source close to Trump said that while not an exhaustive list, the former president would discuss the flagging economy, the energy crisis, and surging crime, pointing to his address to the America First Policy Institute this summer that painted a picture of a nation in decay. Trump will also swipe at a Republican establishment that has heaped criticism on him following the midterm elections.

“He will cover the waterfront,” the person said.

Trump is expected to make the case for finishing what he started in his first term.

“He’s going to deliver a fairly lengthy second term agenda of what he could do if he were elected again,” said Dick Morris, a former Clinton strategist, longtime Trump family friend, and informal adviser to the ex-president who is in Florida to attend the 9 p.m. announcement at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Morris said to expect the former president to tout immigration-focused measures among his priorities, reviving the call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a centerpiece of his 2015 campaign announcement, and a 2019 policy known as the Migrant Protection Protocols that required people to seek asylum in Mexico while awaiting a U.S. immigration hearing. President Joe Biden suspended the policy earlier this year despite a record number of apprehensions along the southern border.

“It’s a list of the stuff he began and initiated but was interrupted — complete the border wall, ‘Remain in Mexico,’ no lockdowns or vaccinations,” said Morris.

Morris advised Trump informally as he weighed a 2016 campaign and again in 2020, according to Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, by the New York Times’s Maggie Haberman. He declined to comment when asked whether he had worked with Trump on the speech. Prompted for more details, he referred the Washington Examiner to the coming remarks.

Trump’s return to the themes that animated his successful 2016 campaign suggests the former president is eager to recapture the momentum that helped stoke his rapid ascent, ran his competitors aground, and had supporters and opponents locked on his every move while in office.

Speaking in Washington this summer, Trump’s remarks on crime across the nation drew comparisons to 2016 when he said other countries had been “emptying their jails into the United States. We’re like a dumping ground. We’re not going to allow that to happen.” This was a potent theme of his 2015 announcement, when he said, “They are sending people that they don’t want. The United States is becoming a dumping ground for the world.”

In 2015, Trump said police were limited in arresting immigrant criminals, saying that “police and law enforcement … they can’t do anything about these people, and they want to. They know who these people are.”

“The police officers know their names,” Trump repeated this year. “The problem is they’re not allowed to do anything about it.”

His hard line on immigration and crime captured broad Republican support during the 2016 race, later becoming an important and divisive focus of his presidential agenda.

The coronavirus lockdowns and vaccinations, which Trump’s administration spearheaded, remain hot-button topics that have divided Republicans and have cropped up in the former president’s broadsides at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a hotly tipped potential rival.

Trump swiped at DeSantis in January over his refusal to disclose his vaccination status, while the governor has said he regrets not speaking out “much louder” over the White House’s stay-at-home orders in the early days of the pandemic. DeSantis made his handling of the pandemic a feature of his reelection campaign, which he won by historic margins last week.

Trump’s Tuesday remarks follow a bruising midterm cycle for Republicans. The party is reckoning with the fallout of an election that failed to capture the Senate and looks set to award it a narrow majority in the House, with many heaping blame on the former president.

15 Comments
  • Richard Hoyle says:

    I don’t know how another four years of Trump would play out….but it would sure be fun to watch. And I truly believe that the democrats are absolutely terrified of him getting the job for another four years. Let’s set aside for a moment the fact that he is a somewhat crude, boastful loud mouth who cannot seem to control his mouth or his Tweets. He doesn’t act very “presidential”.

    But look at what he accomplished with all of the Democrats and many Republicans trying 24 hours a day to stop him. Now, imagine what he could do with the full support of conservatives plus a raging majority in both houses of Congress. The possibilities are endless.

    DeSantis is not not ready politically or experience wise for the Presidency. He will be in four more years as a successful governor. And, then, one way or another, Trump will be out of the picture and no longer a complication to get in the way of a DeSantis run.

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Nobody is more hated by the liberals than Trump. Nobody is more feared by the liberals than is Trump. Foreign leaders seemed to either like him or fear him….either way he got results with them. In my book, those are three great reason to let Trump have one more run at the Presidency and let’s us try to draw around him and cover his back. The possibilities are endless. I am trying very hard to continue to support Trump and, if he doesn’t shoot himself in the foot with his mouth and attitude, I will continue to do so……for now.

  • John Adkins says:

    Great my President is running and if other Elite Republicans want back him then everyone can see that they are Part of the Problem in Washington. The Swamp is filled with Socialist Democrats and special interest Republicans that are against any Republican that is not part of the Swamp. If the Patriot Americans don’t support Trump in 2024 we will lose our Freedom and our Constitution in 2024. Wake Up America we need to come together and take back our Country.

  • MBeached says:

    Baby Steps! Conservatives must be aware and able to accept baby steps on the way to the White House. Mid-Terms are not what we expected but is was fruitful and many seats were flipped. Be happy about that. The Republican Party WAS SUCCESSFUL in the mid-Terms. We WON THE POPULAR VOTE by a huge margin. Did you know that?

    Now, we must keep the momentum alive and restart our efforts of flipping more seats in the House. But more effort must go into the Senate. And let’s not forget the Grass Roots. Republicans were very successful in the State and local races, and that effort needs to be reinforced and moving.

    Republican voter turnout in blue states was horrible with only 20-30% turnout. Here comes the IF STATEMENT. If Republican voters would have turned out we would have seen the RED SUNAMI all the experts predicted. That may have been the reason so many Republicans did not turn out thinking there vote would not matter anyway. THAT IS INSANE! This election was extremely winnable. The Republicans sat at home AGAIN. This is the entire reason why the RED SUNAMI did not happen. YOU HAVE TO TURNOUT AND VOTE, STUPID, TO WIN ELECTIONS. Democrats do!

    Republican infighting is ridiculous and very childish. Have you ever noticed? Democrats do not fight with each other. THAT’S HOW DEMOCRATS WIN ELECTIONS. Democrats are united and very strong culturally. Republicans can’t seem to get that: “Oh, I hate Trump” or “If so-n-so is on the ticket they won’t get my vote. I would rather vote Democrat” THAT IS INSANITY! Then, the day after the election who cries and complains the most? RINOS AND TRUMP HATERS and it is because you idiots turned your backs on the Party. WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

    I don’t like the name-calling and some of the stupid things President Trumps says. But, I AM NOT GOING TO TURN MY BACK ON HIM and I will follow him and vote for him because I like his policies and so does over 45% of my fellow Americans, because that is what is GOOD FOR AMERICA AND THE WORLD.

    If you do not like President Trump, his policies and his leadership, then by all means vote for the alternative. Just get out of our way because we love the American Republic. If you do not then get the hell out.

    I STAND BEHIND MY PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS GOOD FOR AMERICA AND GOOD FOR THE WORLD. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

  • Richard Mundy says:

    Let’s see there are approximately 350 million people in the united states, what do you want to bet let’s say we maybe equally divided here in America for both parties for votes, so if the republicans were running Donald Trump the Democrats would come up with 50 million more votes to win just think about what I’m saying here?

  • Sarg says:

    Trump for President. DeSantis as VP. Wait and see.

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