Where in the World is Donald Trump?
Dear Rich Lifer,
It was the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, who said, “There is nothing more pathetic in life than a former president.”
A little harsh, yes. But really, what is one to do after serving the highest office in America?
Some have turned to the arts, like George W. Bush, who has released a book of his paintings of members of the U.S. military entitled Portraits of Courage.
Others turned to drink… like George Washington, who opened a whiskey distillery at his home in Mount Vernon. The distillery was quite successful, and by 1799 it was one of the largest in the country!
Other former presidents turned to scholarly, high-minded pursuits such as Thomas Jefferson, who founded the University of Virginia and William Howard Taft, who served on the Supreme Court.
From newspaper columnist (Calvin Coolidge) to cattle farmer (Dwight D. Eisenhower), every president has found a new pursuit after adding “Former” to their Presidential title.
This brings us to our burning question of the day…
What does former President Donald Trump plan to do next?
After a second impeachment — and acquittal — former President Trump has kept largely out of the public eye.
Due to his sweeping social media bans, it has actually been quite difficult to gather how Trump is spending his days. So today, we will take a look at recent interviews and public appearances to break down what Trump has been up to and what his plans may be for the future…
Trump Comments on Running in 2024
In a recent interview with Fox News, former President Trump told host Maria Bartiromo that he would decide whether or not to run for President in 2024 after the 2022 congressional elections.
Right now, he says he is committed to helping fellow Republicans win back control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in the 2022 elections.
He remarked, “I think we have a very, very good chance of taking back the House. [We] have a good chance to take back the Senate and frankly, we’ll make our decision after that.”
Trump also seemed confident in future support from his base commenting, “Based on every poll, they want me to run again, but we’re going to take a look and we’ll see.”
Trump Gets the Covid Vaccine
Since leaving the White House, Trump has admitted that he and his wife, Melania Trump, received the coronavirus vaccine while they were in office in January 2021.
At a recent Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump spoke and urged everyone in attendance to get vaccinated stating, “It’s a great vaccine. It’s a safe vaccine. And it’s something that works. I would recommend it and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it, and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly.”
Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of Donald Trump, broke a months-long silence on Twitter to post a photo of herself getting the Covid vaccine this week. She is the only member of the Trump family to do so.
We will have to wait and see whether these long-overdue displays of public support for the vaccine make a difference to those holding out on getting vaccinated.
About 25% of Trump voters told pollster Frank Luntz that they “definitely will not” get vaccinated, and another 21% said they would wait for over a year to get the shot.
Enjoying Life at Mar-a-Lago
Besides a few more recent interviews and public appearances, Trump seems to mostly be secluded at his new home in Mar-a-Lago, the large exclusive resort he owns in Florida.
In March, TMZ released a video of Trump seemingly crashing a wedding at the Mar-a-Lago resort where he gave a speech, first railing against China and President Joe Biden and then toasting himself and the newlyweds.
Other videos of him have surfaced taking photos with guests of the resort, attending a car show at the resort and making an appearance at a fundraiser for the Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Notably, videos of the event show hundreds of guests gathering maskless in a large reception hall. The event took place on March 13, six days before the resort was partly closed due to an outbreak among its staff.
He has also been receiving guests, specifically members of the Republican party, including House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, 25-year-old Congressman Madison Cawthorne, former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and the Republican extremist Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Sylvester Stallone also stopped by the resort to attend an event, but he is not a member of the club, a fact that was misreported by a few news outlets.
Trump also launched a new website, https://www.45office.com/, which allows its users to “Share Thoughts, “Schedule a Request,” and “Request a Greeting” from either Donald or Melania Trump.
A statement on the website reads: “Thank you for your interest in receiving a greeting from Donald J Trump and Melania Trump for your special occasion. Please allow up to six weeks for processing of your request.”
This month, Trump joined Republican and conservative calls to boycott companies that are opposing new voter resection laws in Georgia. In a statement released by Save America PAC he wrote:
For years the Radical Left Democrats have played dirty by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them. Now they are going big time with the WOKE CANCEL CULTURE and our sacred elections.
Some of the companies he called to boycott include Delta Air Lines, Citigroup and Coca-Cola… although a photo posted on April 5 on Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller’s Twitter revealed an poorly hidden coke bottle on Trump’s desk. So we are unsure how seriously his rallying cries are.
And that’s really all we have so far on the 45th President. As things heat up in the 2022 election cycle we may begin to hear more, but until then… we savor the quiet.
To a richer life,
The Rich Life Roadmap Team