Trump hints at presidential run at America First summit

Former President Trump hinted at a third presidential campaign Tuesday during a keynote address at a policy summit hosted by former members of his administration, telling his supporters that efforts to impeach him and the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol to investigate, aim at hurting them.

“They want to harm you in some form but they really want to harm me so I can’t work for you anymore and I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he told the crowd, who showed support with chants of ” Four more years!”

Trump made the comments at the America First Policy Institute summit in Washington, his first visit to the nation’s capital since leaving office in January 2021. The former president is considering announcing a third presidential campaign as early as September, according to news reports.

Though Trump made no formal announcement, he hinted throughout the speech that he had no intention of disappearing into political obscurity. Instead, he said he felt compelled, despite what he described as “persecution” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and the Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, ” to stay “followed”, to stay engaged.

“If I stayed home and took it easy, the persecution of Donald Trump would stop immediately,” he said. “But I won’t do that. … I have to save our country.”

During the speech, which began as a keynote address on crime, Trump called the Jan. 6 House Committee a group of “thugs” and “hacks,” taunted Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) and repeated the false claim that he won the 2020 presidential election.

“I always say I ran the first time and won. And then I ran a second time and I did a lot better,” he said. “What a shame. But maybe we just have to do it again.”

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-07-26/trump-hints-at-third-presidential-run-in-first-washington-visit-since-leaving-office Trump hints at presidential run at America First summit

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