Launch of Trump's 'Office of the Former President' Prompts Flurry of Jokes

Donald Trump has launched the "Office of the Former President" in Palm Beach, Florida, prompting a storm of jokes on social media.

The 74-year-old relocated from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago resort last week, following the end of his presidency.

A statement announcing the new office's launch on Monday read: "The Office will be responsible for managing President Trump's correspondence, public statements, appearances and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism.

"President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People."

Comedian Dave Weasel tweeted: "And now a word from the Office of the Former President," sharing an image of a microphone being held over a trash bin. The post had at least 3,400 likes at the time of reporting.

And now a word from the Office of the Former President pic.twitter.com/yu3GcZaBGA

— Dave Weasel (@DaveWeasel) January 26, 2021

Actor Joshua Malina, a former cast member of The West Wing television series, tweeted: "Trump's Office of the Former President is located on the 4th floor of my Hey, I Used to Be on The West Wing Building."

Trump's Office of the Former President is located on the 4th floor of my Hey, I Used to Be on The West Wing Building.

— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) January 26, 2021

Political satirist Jeremy Newberger tweeted: "From the Office of the Former President The Former President golfed today and then threatened a Republican Senator with ruin."

Writer Matthew Sheffield noted: "Conservatives: Participation trophies for kids are stupid and wrong. Also conservatives: Show respect for the made-up 'Office of the Former President' to help Trump feel better," in a post that had at least 2,800 likes at the time of reporting.

Conservatives: Participation trophies for kids are stupid and wrong.

Also conservatives: Show respect for the made-up "Office of the Former President" to help Trump feel better.

— Matthew Sheffield (@mattsheffield) January 26, 2021

Jacob Rubashkin, a reporter and analyst for Inside Elections, tweeted: "I wonder if all the people who protested that "there's no such thing as 'the Office of the President-elect' in the Constitution" will bring that same energy to "the Office of the Former President."

User @applebaum_eric shared an image of a boarded up waffle house, with the words: "Office of the Former President Like his actual Presidency, it's gonna have more turnover than a Waffle House with shitty ventilation and bad cash flow," in a post that has had at least 1,100 likes since it was first posted.

Office of the Former President

Like his actual Presidency, it's gonna have more turnover than a Waffle House with shitty ventilation and bad cash flow. pic.twitter.com/nI74CiSh19

— Eric Applebaum (@applebaum_eric) January 26, 2021

The @parlertakes account, which mainly highlights comments on Parler, wrote: "The Oval Office of the Former President," sharing an image of Trump sitting at a desk pictured inside a closet space beneath a staircase.

The post has received at least 11,000 likes since it was first shared.

The Oval Office of the Former President. pic.twitter.com/UPVB5nldAg

— Parlertakes🇺🇸 (@parlertakes) January 26, 2021

User @sorayasname wrote: "Office of the former president. That's like if the Miss Universe runner up went home, made her own crown and called a press conference to put it on," with a gif image of a character from the U.S. Office television series in a tearful laughing fit. The post received at least 12,900 likes at the time of reporting.

User @FourWideOnes shared the words: "DO YOU WANT TO BRING ME A DIET COKE? I'M LOCATED IN 'THE OFFICE OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!'" with an image of Trump pictured talking to a child mowing a lawn. The post received at least 7,700 likes since it was first shared.

The launch of the office is the first notable announcement from Trump since exiting the White House.

His second impeachment trial is scheduled to get underway the week beginning on February 8. He is the only president to be impeached twice and the only one to face an impeachment trial after leaving office.

Some Republicans in the Senate argue that moving forward with the impeachment trial will be divisive and possibly even unconstitutional.

"I believe an impeachment trial of a former president is unconstitutional and would set a very dangerous precedent," Senator Ron Johnson tweeted on January 21.

"There is no provision in the Constitution for holding such a trial over a former president who is now a private citizen. Where would we get the authority to do so?," he added.

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Former president Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, D.C. on January 20. Trump announced the launch of the “Office of the Former President” in Palm Beach, Florida on Monday. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images