Trump rules out new party and hints at 2024 run in CPAC speech

Donald Trump has ruled out starting a new party in the near future and hinted at running in the 2024 presidential election as the Republican candidate in his first major speech since leaving the White House.

The former president was greeted at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to rapturous applause, asking those in attendance: “Do you miss me yet?”

In a speech lasting over an hour and a half, Mr Trump attacked the start Joe Biden has made to his term in the White House.

“In just one short month we have gone from America first to America last,” said Trump.

He specifically took aim at Biden’s relaxation of his immigration laws, claiming the pull factor is now back for millions of prospective immigrants south of the US border.

“They weren’t coming because they couldn’t get in,” Trump said. “Once they think they can get in they’re coming… by the millions they’ll be coming. The Biden administration is now actively expediting the admission of illegal migrants, enabling them to lodge frivolous asylum claims and admitting them by the thousands and thousands and thousands a day.”

Trump chastised the new administration for its decision to allowing trans women to compete in women’s sports, insisting “it’s crazy what’s happening. Women’s sports as we know it will die.”

Confronting rumours that had circulated since the end of his presidency that he will set up a new party, the former president confirmed: “I am not starting a new party. We have the Republican Party. It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before.”

His speech drew huge cheers from the crowd as the former president defended American history, claiming the Democrats hold values “based on unvarnished disdain for America, its past and its people.”

As his anti-Biden rhetoric continued, Trump mused: “Who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time.”

Saving some criticism for Big Tech following his infamous social media ban, Trump said they “should be punished with sanctions when they silence conservative voices” and blasted the bosses of Big Tech firms as “radicals who want to turn America into a socialist country”.

Towards the conclusion of his speech, Trump received screaming applause when he pledged: “A Republican president will make a winning return to the White House.

“Who will that be?” he teased the crowd.