These former Trump advisers are trying to do the impossible: make Trumpism about the future

But the plans were in vain. Trump lost the election. Vision 2025 was never released. The retreat was cancelled.

Rollins, Kudlow and others haven’t ruled out their project, though. Instead, they turned it into a blueprint for a new nonprofit, the America First Policy Institute, often described as a “White House in Waiting.”

And now, they’re doing something else: turning the waiting in the White House into a real waiting platform for a movement, led by Trump, who famously doesn’t let go of the past. can do

Trump returned to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday — his first since leaving in disgrace on Jan. 6 — to deliver the keynote address for AFPI’s America First Agenda Summit. As the former president prepares to announce a 2024 run, his allies are using the opportunity to air their grievances about 2020 and lay out a game plan for 2024. There are China.

“This is an opportunity for President Trump to come to Washington and give an insightful speech about why the future will be better with his leadership — and the extent to which he focuses on what could be a very important speech. is,” said Newt Gingrich. Republican House Speakers who live close to Trump will speak at the summit.

Trump’s ability to let bygones be bygones is famously limited. But it is becoming even more fragile, allies say, after hearings on him on Jan. 6 that investigated his conduct before and during the uprising at the Capitol and exposed it.

Tuesday’s address provides an opportunity for Trump to focus on policy rather than score settling. It would be the latest in an ongoing battle between those in Trump’s orbit who want him to step up, and his own instincts and identity, which prevent him from doing so.

According to someone familiar with Trump’s speech Tuesday, it is not expected to be a comprehensive policy address but instead will focus on a specific plank of the America First platform. In an interview, Rollins called Trump’s speech at the upcoming summit “State of the Union 5.0.” Among some Trump allies, this is seen as a welcome invitation from the former president to look ahead.

“I think it’s a mistake – I don’t mind saying it directly. I think he should devote five minutes to the past – everybody understands whether they agree or disagree, everybody understands that. — then devote all the rest of your time to the future,” Gingrich said of Trump’s focus on the 2020 retrial.

AFPI’s launch was predicated on the notion that policy was actually a part of Trump’s brand. That a component of MAGA-ism was predicated on something beyond Trump himself.

“This is an opportunity to unify the movement,” said Rollins of the two-day summit in D.C. “Having worked with him in the White House for nearly three years, many people have given him a lot of respect for his policy.” No credit. First goal.”

A draft of “Vision 2025” was reviewed by OlxPraca. outlined what Trump’s advisers believe will be completed by the end of 2024, under the subtitle: “Renew, Restore, Rebuild”.

Some of these goals include job creation and lower unemployment, expansion of affordable housing, ending COVID-19, reducing federal bureaucracy, cracking down on crime and illegal immigration, passing congressional term limits, and foreign including war and ending dependence on China. There are also social and cultural issues. But it doesn’t command a central focus, at least not to the extent that has mobilized the right since Trump left office. Rollins, for one, didn’t want to outdo AFPI when asked about endorsing a national abortion ban in the wake of the repeal of the abortion ban. cotton woolbut praised the High Court for giving the verdict to the states.

“As a state-centric policy person, I think the Supreme Court was 100 percent right to return it closest to the American people,” Rollins said.

Under the Vision 2025 framework, Rollins and his team transformed AFPI into a think tank with more than 150 employees, including 17 former senior White House staffers including former Cabinet members such as the Small Business Administrator. Linda McMahon and Acting Homeland Security Chief Chad Wolf, Interior. Secretary David Barnhart, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. That includes past senior administration officials like Kudlow and even football coach-turned-Trump ally Lou Holtz. In total, there are 22 policy centers within AFPI that focus on issues such as the “Center for Electoral Integrity,” and the “Center for Media Accountability.”

The group has filed a lawsuit against “big tech” and the vaccine mandate. And in a sign of its fundraising prowess, its operating budget is $25 million, although the nonprofit’s funding sources are not publicly known, as those disclosure forms have not yet been released.

Oh Newly published organizational agendaProvided to OlxPraca in advance by AFPI, outlines the nonprofit’s focus in 10 areas, among them: “Make the world’s greatest economy work for all Americans;” “Give parents more control over their children’s education;” “Destroy the wall, end human trafficking, and defeat the drug cartels;” “Easier to vote and harder to cheat;” “Provide safe and secure communities so that all Americans can live their lives in peace;” and “fight government corruption by draining the swamp.”

Trump has been supportive of the organization. They Hosted a black-tie gala fundraiser. Last November, AFPI and its PAC, Save America, donated $1 million to Mar-a-Lago. Some names on the organization’s roster — including former Conway, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and pastor Paula Kane White — are in Trump’s orbit.

But not everyone is a fan of the alliance with the former president. Former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro Appeared on Steve Bannon’s War Room. Podcast Friday called the organization “a dumping ground and haven for many of the first administration’s failures, RINOs,” or Republicans in Name Only, “and disloyals who brought Trump down.”

One potential point of contention has been AFPI’s focus on preparing officials should Trump – or another conservative – win in 2024. Trump-allied think tanks, including the Conservative Policy Institute and The Heritage Foundation, have also recently advanced their own plans. The next administration, led by conservatives, With the 2025 Presidential Transition Project.

But As reported by Axios.a group of prominent Trump advisers are also working on their own proposals that would effectively purge large swathes of government of disloyalty and replace them entirely with loyalists to Trump and Trumpism. will

Earlier this summer, AFPI “American Leadership Initiative“, led by former top federal official Michael Rigas, to identify positions to cut or fill ahead of any new right-leaning administration.

“Our side has never been good about personnel and process preparation and we’ve failed at that for a long time. And I think hopefully with this effort, CPI’s efforts, Heritage’s With the efforts of our leadership initiative, we will be ready for a new day of leadership,” said Rollins.

As Rollins and others continue to envision the future of the federal bureaucracy, it’s also possible, as it seems, that Trump will decide against running for another office. Or, he does and doesn’t win the primary. Hogan Gidley, Trump’s former deputy press secretary and director of AFPI’s Center on Election Integrity, said that no matter what Trump decides, the group is uniquely positioned to serve the next “America First” administration. Eligible, whether it’s led by Trump or not.

“We have the people who were in the room when President Trump made the decision. Nobody else has that,” Gidley said.