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Trump’s Speech in D.C. Marks Kickoff of His Presidential Campaign

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It’s not official yet, but former President Donald Trump’s speech at the America First Agenda Summit this July 26 kicked off a new phase for Trump: a 2024 presidential bid.

It was Trump’s first return to Washington, D.C. after his administration. The hotel ballroom in Washington where the event was being held, far from being full of the usual supporters wearing flag garments or MAGA caps, was packed with senior officials of the past administration and donors, dressed in elegant suits and with a sobriety rarely seen in the speeches of the former president characterized by the effusiveness of his attendees.

The most intelligent and capable people of his administration gathered for two days to talk about the main issues that should mark the next government. The event closed with a speech by Trump, who, although he did not make the official announcement, made it evident that he has begun his candidate stage.

It was the first time that the former president ceased to look to the past or to focus only on the unfortunate policies of the Democratic administration, to direct his speech to the future and talk about what he would possibly do in a second term in the White House. Security, the economy, immigration, international relations, and confronting the cultural infiltration of the left were some topics mentioned in a room where he was surrounded by personalities such as Brooke Rollins, Kellyanne Conway, Rick Perry, Kevin McCarthy, Newt Gingrich, and Matt Whitaker.

Trump’s campaign started this Tuesday with his speech at the AFPI (America First Policy Institute) event, an institute that was designed to try to achieve with Trump what Heritage Foundation did with Ronald Reagan. Beyond the criticisms that can be made of the former president and his administration, the AFPI brings together many of the most serious academics and politicians of the Republican wing and at this week’s event showed a solid agenda and policies, most of which are already implemented and successful.

Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editor-in-chief of El American. Economist. Podcaster. Political and economic analysis of America. Colombian exile in the United States // Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editora en jefe de El American. Economista. Podcaster. Análisis político y económico de América. Colombiana exiliada en EE. UU.

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