Washington, March 1
In his first public speech since leaving office, former US President Donald Trump has called for Republican Party unity while indicating that he might launch a third presidential bid in 2024 even as he slammed the Biden administration, claiming the country had gone from “America First” to “America Last” in just one month.
Hits out at biden
Tearing into the 40-day rule of the Biden administration, Trump also said it was “anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women and anti-science”. “In just one short month, we have gone from ‘America First’ to ‘America Last’,” Trump said. He asserted he handed Biden’s new administration a modern-day medical miracle in terms of vaccines for Covid-19.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, the 74-year-old leader, who left the White House on January 20, stopped short of announcing to run for the president in 2024, although he gave enough indications that he is moving in that direction.
“We will take back the House. We will win the Senate and then a Republican president would triumph the White House. I wonder who that will be,” he said amid cheers from his supporters at the annual session of the committee.
He raised the climate issue while criticising his successor Joe Biden for rejoining the “very unfair” Paris Agreement, saying what good does it do when America is “clean” but China, Russia and India are not.
“First of all, China does not kick in for 10 years, Russia goes by an old standard which was not a clean standard… but we get hit right from the beginning when it costs us hundreds of thousands and millions of jobs, it was a disaster… but they go back in. We have the cleanest air and cleanest water… and what good does it do when we’re clean, but China is not and Russia is not and India is not, so they are pouring fumes… you know the world is a small piece of the universe and we’re trying to protect everything,” Trump said amid applause from his supporters.
On February 19, the US officially returned to the historic Paris climate accord, 107 days after it left at the behest of former president Trump.
In a bid to galvanise his base, Trump, during his 90-minute speech, repeatedly attacked the Democrats and President Joe Biden.
“We will persist and we will prevail. We are tougher than they (Democrats) are. We are stronger than they are. Together in the coming years, we will carry forward the torch of American liberty,” he said, alleging that the policies of the Biden administration were taking the country on the path of socialism and vowed to not let the country move in that direction. — PTI