© Reuters. Former US President Donald Trump speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando
By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has vowed to help Republicans win seats in Congress in the 2022 election but lashed out at two of the party’s top figures, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice President Mike Pence, at a donor retreat on Saturday.
At a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago Club for Republican National Committee sponsors in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump made it clear that he was still unhappy about his inability to cling. remained at the White House despite losing the November 3 election to Democrat Joe Biden. Who is currently the president.
McConnell drew Trump’s post-election anger for making it clear – that Biden had won the presidential election – and the two remained contradictory. Farewell to the text that had prepared his speech, Trump called the senator a “son of a bitch,” one attendee told Reuters.
Before leaving office, Trump scolded Pence for not interfering with congressional certification of vote count, a authority the vice president did not have.
Voting certificates were the backdrop for the events on January 6 as protesters supporting Trump stormed the Capitol of the United States.
Departing from his prepared text, Trump said he recently spoke with Pence and told him he was still disappointed about him, the attendee said.
Representatives for McConnell and Pence did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In comments prepared by Reuters, Trump sought to position himself as the king of the Republican Party, saying he wanted to talk “about the future of the Republican Party – and what we have to do to bring the Your candidate on the path to victory. “
“I stand before you tonight with the belief that in 2022, we will take back the House and we will win back the Senate. And then in 2024, a Republican candidate will. won the White House., “he said.
Trump has spent 2-1 / 2 months since he left the chaotic White House to review requests from the 2022 candidates for his endorsement and have blessed them based on their support. for him and his agenda or not.
He has said that any talk about his own plans – the Constitution gives him the right to seek another four-year term – should wait until after the November 2022 election.
A host of other Republicans are considering their ability to run for president in 2024, such as former Trump secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
While Biden beat Trump with millions of votes, Republicans infiltrated traditional Democrats like Hispanics and African Americans.
Trump, who also made his remarks with the attacks on Biden, said the key to victory by 2022 is building on those achievements, saying “Republicans will succeed and grow in the future by embracing your destiny as the champion of the American working class. “
Trump’s active role in Republican politics despite losing the 2020 election is unlike other former presidents who tend to retreat from the limelight after leaving the White House.
“Saturday’s speech will be greetings for Republican sponsors visiting Mar-a-Lago to hear live from President Trump. Palm Beach is the new center of political power, and President Trump is the Republican best messenger, “said Trump’s adviser Jason Miller.