Trump opens office to carry on agenda of his administration

WASHINGTON • Former president Donald Trump has opened an office to "advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda" of his administration, according to a statement released this week.

Mr Trump's former campaign manager, Mr Brad Parscale, created a new e-mail distribution system via one of his private companies for the former president's statements because the 2020 campaign's e-mail infrastructure has been suspended by the vendor it had been using, Campaign Monitor, according to two people familiar with the matter.

A slew of technology platforms excised Mr Trump's accounts or subgroups, including those on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, after the Jan 6 riot by pro-Trump supporters at the US Capitol.

The statement from the Office of Donald J. Trump was issued on Monday, less than an hour before House Democrats crossed the US Capitol to deliver an article of impeachment against the former president to the Senate.

That sets in motion Mr Trump's second impeachment trial, which is expected to start on Feb 9. He is accused of inciting the mob that broke into the Capitol as Congress was about to certify the results of the election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

One of Mr Parscale's companies, Nucleus, built an e-mail distribution system meant to circumvent outside vendors. Mr Trump's aides want to prevent media companies from silencing or "cancelling" the former president in the future, one of the people said.

The letterhead on the statement indicated that the office will operate out of Palm Beach in Florida, where Mr Trump moved after leaving the White House last week.

According to the statement, 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, organising and public activism".

Later, in a statement released by the Save America leadership political action committee he formed after the election, Mr Trump endorsed his former press secretary, Ms Sarah Huckabee Sanders, for governor of Arkansas. She announced that she was running earlier on Monday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2021, with the headline 'Trump opens office to carry on agenda of his administration'. Subscribe