Trump Getting Ready To Hit Campaign Trail; Fixes Iconic Plane Used In 2016 White House Bid
Former President Donald Trump is reportedly “gearing-up” for upcoming rallies ahead of the elections — announcing, among others, refurbishment work for the plane that he used during his 2016 campaign — with expectations that he could start holding rallies as early as next month.
Trump said last Friday that his Boeing 757, which was kept in storage during his presidency “is now being fully restored and updated and will be put back into service sometime prior to the end of the year.”
BREAKING: Trump says he plans to restore his iconic Boeing 757 with a “brand new paint job” and will be using it again at upcoming rallies pic.twitter.com/qRGrO2hDrv
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 21, 2021
The former Republican chief executive has flown aboard Air Force One during his four-year tenure at the White House.
“When completed, it will be better than ever, and again used at upcoming rallies!” Trump said.
Since exiting the White House in January, Trump has been living in Palm Beach, Florida, at his Mar-a-Lago resort, but he has now relocated to his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey.
President Trump is prepping his Boeing 757 and it’s being fitted with new @RollsRoyce engines.
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 23, 2021
Over the weekend, the former president held his first fundraiser event in Bedminster for his newly created Make America Great Again, a super PAC led by his top strategist Corey Lewandowski.
Early next month, Trump is set to travel to North Carolina to headline the state’s annual Republican Party convention. He will also grace the North Carolina GOP’s state convention in Greenville on June 5 and will speak at the convention dinner, according to Fox News.
Other potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates will also have busy months ahead.
Chris Christie, who already mentioned earlier that he’ll make a decision regarding a possible White House bid after the midterm elections in 2022, is not backing down despite the prospect of a Trump 2024 run to reclaim the presidency.
“I definitely wouldn’t preclude it,” the former two-term Republican governor of New Jersey and unsuccessful 2016 Republican presidential candidate said on “Ruthless,” a popular podcast hosted by Josh Holmes, Comfortably Smug, and Michael Duncan. “I certainly wouldn’t preclude it.”
Christie also drew ire when he stressed that he’s unlike other prospective Republican candidates who will first wait and see Trump’s moves.
Chris Christie says he won’t wait for Trump to decide on 2024 presidential run https://t.co/uqg9fCH41m
— MSN (@MSN) May 18, 2021
“I’m not not going to be one of those people who says, ‘Well, we’ll have to wait to see what President Trump does.’ You know, if I determine that’s what I want to do and that I believe I’m the best choice for the party and the government, I’m not going to defer to anyone,” the 58-year old former New Jersey governor added.
In what seemed to be a jab at former US ambassador to the United Nation Nikki Haley, another possible 2024 candidate, Christie said: “If you mean you’re deferring to someone, I believe you’re displaying both vulnerability and indecision. That’s what we already have in the White House.”
— Connor Ryan (@connortryan) May 19, 2021
Haley, who is also a former South Carolina governor, said in an interview with the Associated Press last month that “I would not run if President Trump ran.
Despite Christie’s enthusiasm, a recent Monmouth University poll found that just 10% of New Jersey voters want their former governor to launch another presidential bid.
“Christie left a lasting impression on the state. Nearly every New Jerseyan still has an opinion of him. The problem is those opinions tend to be fairly negative,” said Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray.
According to a poll published this week by McLaughlin & Associates — which polled for Trump during the 2020 election cycle — the former Republican president remains as the dominant front runner in the race for the GOP nomination in 2024 should he decide to launch a campaign.
But should Trump decide against another White House bid, the poll showed that his former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are neck and neck at the top of a long list of potential candidates.
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