After meeting and holding discussions with former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last week, Tennessee Sen. Bill Hagerty revealed that Trump is concentrating on the 2022 elections and has not decided whether to run for president in 2024.
“This week, I enjoyed visiting with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago, where we discussed a range of topics, including the border crisis, election integrity, the state of the Republican Party, and the 2022 elections,” the Republican senator said in an interview published on Fox News on Tuesday, April .13.
“President Trump is engaged and energized, and remains focused on fighting for the forgotten men and women all across the country,” he added.
During their one-on-one meeting, Hagerty gave Trump a rundown of his new election bill, aiming to withhold federal election security funding when states implement new election laws without first going through their legislatures, including adjustments to absentee voting.
“President Trump certainly felt good about the direction I’m taking it, when he and I were discussing it yesterday,” Hagerty told The Associated Press (AP) in a phone interview last Wednesday.
The election proposal is one of the first bills offered up by Hagerty.
Three months after the vote to certify Biden’s victory in January, he has not lost credibility with Trump, who appointed Hagerty as his ambassador to Japan and endorsed him with a Senate endorsement in 2020. For those who criticized his January vote, Hagerty said his latest election bill, with Trump’s blessing, will prove that he supports the “integrity of the electoral college.”
“One thing I was never going to do is vote to nationalize our elections, to allow Congress … to come in and reverse the results of an election,” Hagerty said.
Initially, Hagerty decided to vote against certification because he wanted a commission to perform an emergency audit of key states that were close. Trump’s allegations of voting irregularities and fraud, which were summarily dismissed in courts, were aimed at them. According to the Associated Press, Hagerty said that it became apparent after the Capitol riots that the audit would not be addressed.
Hagerty, who campaigned in support of Trump’s “tough” policy against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has blasted China since his campaign and opposes Biden’s infrastructure proposal’s corporate tax increase and scope of projects. He has settled into a pattern of regular critiques of Biden’s administration, chastising him for blocking the Keystone Pipeline, lamenting a surge in border crossings, and opposing Democratic spending initiatives.
“President Trump’s policies made America the fastest growing economy in the world, renewed our military strength, and, through Operation Warp Speed, positioned our nation to recover from the global pandemic far faster than otherwise would have been the case,” Hagerty said.
Hagerty’s meeting with Trump is just one of many others as during the last four months.
According to The Washington Post, Trump’s resort has been visited by a number of politicians, including well-known figures, all of whom want Trump to appear at their events. Trump has been staying at Mar-a-Lago since leaving office, and despite not being president, he still wields enormous power within the Republican Party.
At least six Republican candidates have hosted fundraisers at Trump’s Florida properties since he left office. Those events indicate that Trump has retained his position as the party’s central figure.
“We would love to see him. If he came and spoke to the group spending the weekend here, that would be great. If he came and played golf and people watched him, I mean that would be great, too,” said Amy Kremer, a conservative activist who is hosting a conference last weekend at Trump’s golf course in Doral, Florida, the Millennial Post reported.
Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, stated that “Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach are the center of the Republican universe right now. All Republican roads lead to Mar-a-Lago. He’s the biggest name in politics, and everybody wants his support and endorsement.”