Trump Predicts GOP Will Retake Congress in 2022, White House in 2024

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting on trade with governors and members of Congress at the White House

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting on trade with governors and members of Congress at the White House

Former US President Donald Trump staked his claim to the Republican Party in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night, casting his populist policies and attack-dog politics as the key to future Republican success.

Mr. Trump again complained about fraud in the 2020 election during his speech, according to a source.

GOP officials have repeatedly tried to downplay the fundraising tensions and see Trump's participation as a sign that he is willing to lend his name to the party.

Trump and his allies have already promised to fuel primary challenges against Cheney and those Republicans who supported his impeachment.

"Saturday's speech will be welcomed words to the Republican donors visiting Mar-a-Lago to hear directly from President Trump". He highlighted the new voters that he brought into the GOP and stressed that his populist "America First" message will help the party continue to grow. "As a party, we need to be focused on the future, we need to be focused on embracing the Constitution, not embracing insurrection", Cheney told CBS' "Face the Nation".

Despite their positive working relationship when Trump was president, McConnell and the former president have traded barbs since Trump's election loss, particularly after the deadly U.S. Capitol riots.

The Republican Party lost its majority in the House in the 2018 midterm elections, following the GOP's eight-year control of the chamber. According to the AP, attendees were bused to Trump's club for his remarks. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota, along with Sens.

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He has also hosted prominent Republicans for meetings in the last few months, including Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and has announced several endorsements for Republican lawmakers up for re-election in 2022, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. During a reception on Friday night, Cotton took aim at companies who spoke out against the bill while still maintaining ties to China, according to a source familiar with his remarks. "To those corporations, I say this: if you're silent about the Chinese Communist Party's genocide while begging for their business, don't start lecturing Americans about voter ID".

"Palm Beach is the new political power center, and President Trump is the Republican Party's best messenger", said senior Trump aide Jason Miller.

But the former president's influence over the party has not appeared to wane.

Trump also referred to Thune as "Mitch's boy", in a reference to McConnell, and warned that Thune would be "primaried in 2022, political career over".

In March, he clashed with the RNC and other GOP committees over using his name and likeness for fundraising.

He falsely claimed that Fauci only received credit because he opposed Trump, an attendee said, and joked that Fauci wanted people to wear five masks after not initially supporting masks.

Mar-a-Lago has been a frequent destination for Republicans to fundraise or meet with the former president. "We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership", the former president added.

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