Donald Trump hinted at a comeback to the White House and the Senate “sooner than you think” in a video posted ahead of his comeback speech on Saturday night.
The former United States president addressed the North Carolina Republican state convention in his first televised remarks in more than three months.
During his speech he endorsed Ted Budd to replace retiring senator Richard Burr in 2022.
“We’re going to work with him, we’re going to campaign with him,” Mr Trump said.
Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump shut down speculation that she was running for Senate although said it was just “no for now, not no forever”.
During his speech Mr Trump took aim at China, saying it must pay reparations to the rest of the world for the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.
He also said he had correctly predicted Covid-19 originated in a Chinese lab, something the US government is currently investigating and has not yet determined.
Before Mr Trump took to the stage, the National Republican Senatorial Committee reportedly sent out a fundraising email featuring a video message from Mr Trump, The Sun reports.
“We’re gonna take back the Senate, take back the House, we’re gonna take back the White House … and sooner than you think,” he says.
“It’s going to be really something special but the love and the affection and the respect that you’ve given all of us, it’s really important.
“The Republican Party is stronger than it’s ever been and it’s going to be a lot stronger than it is right now,” Trump continues.
“We’re going to turn it around we’re going to turn it around fast.”
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It comes as Mr Trump continues to hint at a 2024 presidential bid and has suggested that he could run for the Senate.
In an interview on Friday night, Mr Trump also said that it would be “interesting” if he ran for the House in the 2022 midterms as it was suggested he could replace House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and impeach US President Joe Biden.
It came after his daughter-in-law Lara Trump insisted he will get four more years and said his team still has “plenty of time” to challenge the 2020 election results.
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Lara, the 38-year-old wife of Trump’s son Eric, claimed on Fox News on Monday that the president will serve another four years in office because “this thing is far from over”.
She posted a picture with Mr Trump ahead of Saturday’s speech.
The event was Mr Trump’s return to the political spotlight and his first speech since February.
“The survival of America depends upon our ability to elect Republicans at every level – starting with the midterms next year,” Mr Trump will say, according to excerpts.
Supporters were anxious to see if the former president announces whether he will run for reelection in 2024.
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“Together, we are going to defend our freedoms, we are going to stand up for our values, and we are going to take back our country!” his speech continues.
Mr Trump was expected to take aim at President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among others.
He also repeated his unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen from him.
His insistence on his theories about voter fraud caused a divide in the Republican party following the attacks on the Capitol, with former Vice President Mike Pence saying the two will never see “eye to eye.”
This story was first published on The Sun and has been republished here with permission