Trump rules out new political party in speech to conservatives

Trump rules out new political party in speech to conservatives
Donald Trump speaks at the CPAC on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Former President Donald Trump says he has no plans to launch a new political party, telling Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida that it would split the Republican vote.

In his first speech since Democrat Joe Biden took oath to the office, he also hinted that he might run for office again in 2024. Many people including experts were thinking if Trump starts a political party of his own.

Mr Trump strongly criticised Mr Biden, saying US policy had gone from “America first to America last”.

The speech comes weeks after the former president was acquitted in an impeachment trial.

His appearance at the CPAC in Orlando on Sunday represents his continued influence over the Republican Party.

The conference began on Thursday and its mood has been extremely pro-Trump, with loyalists including Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his son Donald Trump Jr among the speakers.

Mr Trump remains banned from social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, over his response to January’s deadly riot at the US Capitol.

Since leaving the White House, he has been living at his Mar-a-Lago Florida golf resort.

The 74-year-old Trump was cheered by supporters when he appeared on stage at the Hyatt Regency Hotel more than an hour late. Many people in the crowd were not wearing facemasks.

Mr Trump said: “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over.”

“We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future – the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country.”

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