Donald Trump on Sunday gave the strongest indicator yet that he aims to retake the presidency – with Melania by his side.
The former president told CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, that his wife would be ‘the future first lady’.
Melania, 50, was not spotted at the Orlando gathering, despite it being held only 200 miles from her Mar-a-Lago home.
Trump on Sunday afternoon addressed CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference
A woman wearing a Melania face mask is pictured at the Orlando venue for CPAC on Sunday
A giant golden statue of Donald Trump welcomed participants at the annual meeting
She has kept a low profile since leaving the White House on January 20, although she reportedly intends to carry on working on her ‘Be Best’ campaign against social media bullying.
‘She goes to the spa, has lunch, goes to the spa (again), and has dinner with Donald on the patio,’ someone familiar with her schedule told CNN.
The Slovenian-born model left the White House with her approval ratings at an all-time low.
Only 42 per cent of respondents to a January 17, conducted by SSRS for CNN, approved of her behavior.
Michelle Obama departed the White House with a 69 per cent favorable rating, which was the same number as when she entered, eight years prior.
Laura Bush’s parting ranking was also largely positive, despite her husband’s unpopularity at the time. In 2009, a CNN/ORC poll put Bush at a 67 per cent favorable rating, while George W. Bush was only viewed positively by 35 per cent.
Melania Trump was last seen in public as she left Washington DC on January 20
Melania Trump had long been considered a reluctant first lady, who resented the spotlight and much preferred a quiet life.
On Sunday her husband insisted, however, that she would be back.
‘Do you miss me yet?’ Trump asked the roaring crowd as he took the stage, more than an hour later than scheduled.
Trump asserted in his grand comeback speech that he will not form a new political party because it would further divide the Republican Party.
‘We’re not starting new parties. We have the Republican Party,’ he said.
‘Wouldn’t that be brilliant?’ he sarcastically quipped. ‘Let’s start a new party, let’s divide our vote, so you can never win. No we’re not interested in that.’
Trump’s remarks came after rumors last month that he was considering creating his own political party and breaking with Republicans – especially those who rebuked him.
Trump’s Sunday speech marked his return to the political frontlines after leaving office
The former president’s supporters were out in force in Orlando on Sunday
He also used his speech to push his repeated claims of voter fraud.
He said of the Democrats: ‘Actually as you know, they just lost the White House, but it’s one of those things.
‘But who knows, who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time.’
He thanked his supporters for continuing on the ‘incredible journey’ with him, and promised to ‘fight right by your side’.
He said: ‘For the next four years the brave Republicans in this room will be at the heart of the effort to oppose the radical Democrats, the fake news media and their toxic cancel culture.
‘Something new to our ears, cancel culture,’ he joked.
‘And I want you to know that I’m going to continue to fight right by your side, we will do what we’ve done right from the beginning, which is win.’
He added: ‘The Republican Party is united. The only division is between a handful of Washington D.C. establishment political hacks, and everybody else all over the country.’
Source: Daily Mail |World News