Major Donors Ditch Former US President As He Declares 2024 White House Race
For his speech, which lasted more than an hour, Mr Trump stood in front of 30 American flags and banners bearing his original slogan “Make America Great Again”.
He noted that Republicans were on track to secure a narrow majority in the House of Representatives after last week’s midterm elections, which means Nancy Pelosi will no longer be president.
Mr Trump said: ‘Nancy Pelosi has been fired.
He described what he called an “program of national greatness” based on the policies he pursued in office.
Mr Trump said: “Inflation was non-existent, our southern border was protected. The United States had finally achieved the impossible dream of energy independence, which would soon have turned into energy dominance. For the first time, the China staggered and came back on her heels.”
He said China, Russia, Iran and North Korea had been “failed” when he was in the White House.
Mr Trump said: “They respected the United States and, frankly, they respected me, I knew them well. The world was at peace, America was thriving and our country was on the path to an incredible future.”
Mr Trump said that over the past two years American cities had become “sinks of violent crime”.
He said: “The United States has been embarrassed, humiliated and weakened. Now we have a president who falls asleep at world conferences.
Mr Trump dismissed Mr Biden’s environmental policies, saying: ‘The oceans will rise an eighth of an inch in the next 200 or 300 years.
“Something is wrong with their way of thinking. America’s decline is being forced upon us by Biden and the crazies on the radical left.”
Mr Trump has also called for a “top-down overhaul of the rotten corruption of Washington DC”, of which he has been a “victim”.
The invited audience responded by chanting, “Drain the swamp.”
Mr. Trump told them: “We will dismantle the deep state and restore government by the people.
“Our country is in a terrible state, we have serious problems. This is a task for a great movement, not for any particular individual.”
As Mr. Trump spoke, Mr. Biden tweeted from his personal account: “Donald Trump has failed America,” along with a video montage of the former president.