Trump says he has no plans to form third party

Cheryl Sanders
March 3, 2021

Roger Stone told his followers on the messaging app Telegram that he was not invited to speak at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) - a who's who of American conservatism held this year in Orlando, Florida.

The interim rule, which will allow Commerce to monitor transactions of governments including China's, was first proposed by the previous administration in January - days before Joe Biden's inauguration - and follows an executive order former President Donald Trump signed in 2019.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump told a conservative audience on Sunday he has no plans to start a new party to compete with the Republican Party. "We will save and strengthen America and we will fight the onslaught of radicalism, socialism and indeed, it all leads to communism", said Trump, who spent much of his speech hitting out at US President Joe Biden.

"I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over", Trump will say, according to excepts of his speech released by aides.

The top House Republican sat onstage alongside Rep. Jim Banks of IN, an emerging conservative leader who answered a question aimed at minimizing the party's internal fractures by drawing attention to them.

Mitt Romney has said that Trump will win the party's primary if he decides to run for president again.

"In just one short month, we have gone from "America First" to 'America Last", Trump said.

Al Jazeera's John Hendren, reporting from Orlando on Sunday, said the conference has brought together "the pro-Trump side of the Republican Party", which he said is now "at war with itself".

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate minority leader, voted to acquit Trump at the impeachment trial, but then assailed Trump's role in fomenting the storming of the Capitol, in which rioters smashed windows, ransacked congressional offices and scuffled with police.

But at the conference, speakers continued to fan disinformation and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, with panels dedicated to amplifying false claims of mass voter fraud that have been dismissed by the courts, state election officials and Trump's own administration.

Indeed, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., another potential 2024 hopeful, drew among the loudest applause and a standing ovation when he bragged about challenging the election certification on January 6 despite the storming of the Capitol building by Trump supporters trying to halt the process.

In front of a crowd of raucous supporters at CPAC in Orlando, Florida Trump spoke for almost two hours, running back some of his campaign trail hits and going after President Joe Biden for his policies.

Trump has amassed a fortune of over $ 250 million raising funds to contest the presidential election tally.

Trump's future as the dominant Republican figure in the USA remains an open question, however.

Mr. Trump remains the most influential figure in conservative politics.

No one doubts that Trump's excuse for continuing to ask for money from small donors after the election is just a tricky trick for him to use the funds for his own benefit, such as travel, legal fees and other expenses permitted by porous U.S. election law.

In a straw poll, 97% of attendees approved of his leadership of the party, 70% want him to run again, and 55% said he was their preferred candidate in 2024. McConnell has since said he would "absolutely" support Trump if he were the GOP nominee in 2024.

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