Trump, Pence in D.C. Updates: Trump Says He 'May Just Have' to Run Again

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  • Former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence returned to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
  • The former allies spoke at different conferences to outline their visions for America's future, previewing possible agendas for 2024 presidential runs.
  • Trump spoke at the America First Policy Institute's summit Tuesday afternoon, marking the former president's first trip to D.C. since Jan. 2021.
  • Pence spoke at the Young America's Foundation (YAF), a conservative youth organization, to outline his "Freedom Agenda." Pence was set to debut this policy at the Heritage Foundation on Monday, but storms forced him to cancel his speech.
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Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the America First Policy Institute Agenda Summit in Washington, DC on July 26, 2022. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

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Trump Says He 'May Just Have' to Run Again

Former President Donald Trump hinted at a possible run for office in 2024 while speaking Tuesday at the America First Policy Initiative's America First Agenda Summit in Washington, D.C.

The event marked Trump's first return to the nation's capital since he left office on January 20, 2021. During his speech, which lasted about 90 minutes, Trump spoke about the public safety aspects of his "America First" agenda before addressing other policy positions, including what he described as "the need to protect parents' rights."

"I'm a politician," Trump said, though he added, "I don't like to consider myself" one.

"I ran for president. I won," he said. Trump then said he "won a second time" and "did much better" during his bid for re-election, which he lost in 2020 to President Joe Biden.

"Very corrupt," he said after waiting for the cheering audience to quiet after the description of his second bid for office.

"I always say, 'I ran the first time and I won. Then I ran a second time and I did much better,'" Trump said. "We got millions and millions more votes. And you know what? That's going to be a story for a long time, what a disgrace it was. But we may just have to do it again. We have to straighten out our country."

The former president indicated during a rally in Arizona last week that he may make an announcement about whether he will run for president again in 2024 after the midterm elections this fall.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at the America First Policy Institute Agenda Summit in Washington, D.C., on July 26, 2022. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Protesters Hang 'Indict Trump' Banner

The America First Policy Initiative's agenda summit on Tuesday drew protesters and counterprotesters as former President Donald Trump visited Washington, D.C. for his first time since leaving office in early 2021.

People protesting Trump's speech and those who gathered in support of the former president arrived at the Marriott Marquis before 3 p.m. ET, when Trump was scheduled to begin his speech at the downtown hotel.

Video captured by local reporters and shared on social media showed the groups waving flags outside and shouting messages such as, "no justice, no peace." John Henry, a reporter with the D.C.-based television news station WUSA, reported at 5 p.m. that police hadn't yet made any arrests in connection with the protests. Henry shared a video on Twitter that showed the groups as they gathered outside the hotel.

Mary Margaret Olohan, a D.C. correspondent with The Daily Wire, shared a video of protesters who had entered the hotel. She wrote that some of the protesters were chanting, "no trump no kkk no fascist USA."

Others hung a banner over one of the floor's balconies that read, "Indict Trump."

Trump Says LeBron James Could 'Star' on Women's Team

Former President Donald Trump said he could be "the greatest women's basketball coach in history" if he recruited LeBron James to "star" on his hypothetical team.

The former president's comments, made during his speech at the America First Policy Institute's America First Agenda summit on Tuesday, followed similar comments he made about James earlier this year.

While Trump's speech started with a focus on public safety, he later shifted his attention to inclusivity in sports.

"We should not allow men to play in women's sports," Trump said, a comment that drew applause from the room.

Trump later said he could find success as a women's basketball coach if he recruited James, even though Trump said, "I don't like LeBron James."

"But I'd go up to LeBron James, it doesn't matter," Trump said. "I'd say, 'LeBron, did you ever have any desire to be a woman? Because what I'd love you to do is star on my team that I'm building up. I'd have the greatest team in history. They'll never lose. Nobody will come within 70 points of this team."

Trump made nearly identical comments during a speech he delivered on July 23 at Turning Point USA's Student Action Summit, and at an earlier event in Nebraska in May.

Trump Criticizes Jan. 6 Panel of 'Hacks and Thugs'

Former President Donald Trump criticized members of Congress who are serving on the House Jan. 6 Committee during his Tuesday afternoon speech at the America First Policy Initiative's America First Agenda Summit.

The panel, which Trump refers to as the "Unselect Committee," is comprised of "political hacks and thugs," Trump told his audience.

The former president first contrasted his presidency with President Joe Biden's time in office before shifting his focus to the select committee.

"Now we have the January 6th Unselect Committee of political hacks and thugs," Trump said. "These are the same people we've been dealing with for four years, same people. And it's the very people who perpetrated the lies that I was an agent of Russia, like Adam 'Shifty Schiff' and others, who are standing before the same microphone" as part of the select committee.

Trump went on to criticize Schiff, Rep. Jamie Raskin ("the worst," Trump said of the Maryland congressman), and "Crying Adam Kinzinger."

Trump went on to say that the country's "biggest threat" is "the sick, sinister and evil people from within."

"Never forget everything this corrupt establishment is doing to me is all about preserving their power and control over the American people," Trump said. "They want to damage you, in any form. But they really want to damage me so I can no longer go back to work for you. And I don't think that's going to happen."

Trump Says He Did 'Such a Good Job' With Border

Former President Donald Trump said he did "such a good job" with the U.S.-Mexico border during a speech he delivered Tuesday afternoon at the America First Policy Initiative's America First Agenda Summit.

He recalled running for president in 2016, a time when he said the border "was a big deal."

"I talked about it constantly," he said. "And I won."

But when Trump ran for re-election, "I couldn't talk about the border," he said. "You know why? Because I did such a good job. There was nothing to talk about," he said, adding that he "did too good a job."

Republicans now "should be laying the groundwork" for the next steps taken to address the border and illegal immigration, Trump said.

"We need to stand and fight and demand that real border security, real border security, strong border security, be included in the spending bill this September," he said.

Trump later said the next Republican president "must immediately implement every aspect of the Trump agenda that achieved the most secure border in history, including 'remain in Mexico.'"

Trump spoke about some of the steps he took while in the White House to crack down on illegal immigration, including bolstering border security and expanding the wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

New action is needed now that President Joe Biden has been in office, Trump said.

"We're going to pay a big price over the years to come to repair the damage Joe Biden has done," he said. "It's also going to be necessary to fund the largest-ever increase in the number of new ICE officers."

Trump Blasts Homelessness in Liberal Cities

Former President Donald Trump called for stronger measures to ensure safe, clean cities across the United States.

Trump said the federal government should send in the National Guard to retore order and secure peace without the approval of a Governor.

"The next president needs to send the national guard to the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago until safety can be successfully restored," he said.

Trump called out the rise in homelessness in American cities.

He said the U.S. must take back the streets and public spaces from homeless people, drug addicts, the mentally ill and the "deranged."

The homeless should be in shelters, the mentally ill should be put in institutions and the drug addicts should be in rehab or jail, Trump said. Instead, he said, Democrats are putting them in luxury hotels.

"No civilized society turns over its public spaces to be dominated by drug addicts and the homeless no matter what the reason may be," Trump said.

If liberals think that is somehow compassionate, Trump said they should invite the homeless to camp out in their own backyards to "soil their property, attack their families and use drugs where their kids play."

Trump said Washington D.C. is "unrecognizable" due to all of the tents of homeless people.

"You look at the tents and the homeless and you say what's happening to this great bastion," he said.

He said no one wants to come to D.C. and the city leaves a bad impression when foreign leaders visit.

"They'll say 'what kind of country has the United States turned into?'" he said.

Trump called for the homeless to be cleared out of city centers and moved to "large parcels of inexpensive land in the outer reaches of the cities." He said medical personnel should be brought it and permanent bathrooms should be built, along with "high-quality" tents that can be built "in one day."

Trump Outlines Plan to Restore Public Safety

Former President Donald Trump shared ideas for how the U.S. can lean into a "safety first" agenda once Republicans are in control of Congress and the White House.

Americans "don't have safety" and "don't have freedom" at the moment, Trump said during a speech at the America First Policy Institute's America First Agenda Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

"Our country is now a cesspool of crime," the former president said. "We have blood, death and suffering on a scale once unthinkable because of the Democrat Party's effort to destroy and dismantle law enforcement."

Trump said the return to public safety can begin once Republicans take control of the House of Representatives and the Senate following the midterm elections this fall. The plan will continue under the next Republican president, Trump said, adding that he is confident a Republican will retake the White House in 2024.

First, Trump said the U.S. must "give our police back their authority, resources, power and prestige."

"We have to leave our police alone," he said.

Trump said the U.S. must also reinstate "stop and frisk" policies. The cities in which those policies have been thrown out are "no longer safe," he added.

The U.S. needs to "take the guns away from the criminals who shouldn't be having guns," Trump said. "Let the people that have to have guns, that need to have guns, let them have them. But take them away from the criminals."

The "defund the police" idea should also "never again be stated or even heard," Trump said, because it is "so dangerous."

Trump continued by calling for a surge in law enforcement hiring.

"There should be a squad car on every corner, if that's what it takes to stop the killing," Trump said.

Trump Says the U.S. Has Been 'Brought to its Knees'

Former President Donald Trump began his speech by highlighting where the country was during his administration.

Two years ago, Trump said the U.S. had a booming economy "like no one has seen before," the strongest and most secure southern border, energy dominance, low gas prices and no inflation. He added that the country was "highly respected" around the world.

"We made America great again," he said, by putting families and workers first.

Now, Trump said the country has "been brought to it's knees, literally." Trump described American cities as "literal war zones" and said criminals have free reign in cities and states under Democratic rule.

"Our country is now a cesspool of crime, we have blood, death and suffering on a scale once unthinkable because of the Democrat Party's effort to destroy and dismantle law enforcement," he said. "There has never been a time like this."

Trump described "bloody turf wars" in the street, rampant homelessness and parents worried their kids will get shot on the way to and from school.

"We're living in such a different country for one primary reason," he said. "There is no longer respect for the law and there certainly is no order."

He went on to describe recent violent crimes in cities as a preview for his crime agenda.

"We believe that every citizen of every background should be able to walk anywhere in this nation at anytime without even the thought of being victimized by violent crime," Trump said.

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Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the America First Policy Institute Agenda Summit in Washington, DC on July 26, 2022. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Crowd Chants "USA, USA!" as Trump Walks on Stage

Former President Donald Trump was welcomed onstage with a long standing ovation as Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" played.

The crowd then chanted "USA, USA!" before the former president began his keynote address.

WATCH: Trump's Keynote Address

Former President Donald Trump has taken the stage at the America First Policy Institute's "America First Agenda Summit" in Washington, D.C.

Trump began his keynote address just after 3:30 p.m. ET., watch live below:

DNC Trolls Trump with Digital Billboard

The Democratic National Convention welcomed former President Donald Trump back to Washington D.C. with a video highlighting Trump's loss in the 2020 presidential election.

"The DNC is welcoming Trump back to DC with a reminder that more than 81 million Americans rejected his extreme MAGA agenda," the DNC War Room tweeted out with a link to the video.

The video states President Joe Biden received 81 million votes in the election, the most in U.S. history. The video shows a graphic depicting the electoral votes Biden and Trump won in the election, with 306 for Biden and 232 for Trump.

It additionally plays clips from Fox News projecting Biden won the amount of electoral votes to win the election.

The video also played on a mobile billboard outside of the Turning Point USA conference in Florida Saturday ahead of Trump's speech.

"Over the last few weeks, we've learned just how deep Donald Trump's conspiracy to overturn the will of 81 million Americans and stop the peaceful transfer of power went — helped along the way by cowardly MAGA Republicans like Kevin McCarthy and Marjorie Taylor Greene," DNC Spokesperson Ammar Moussa said in a statement. "The DNC is here to remind the disgraced former president that his MAGA agenda is wildly unpopular with the American people, no matter what tall tales he wants to tell."

How to Watch Trump's Speech

Former President Donald Trump is set to speak at the America First Policy Institute soon.

This is Trump's first time back in Washington D.C. since President Joe Biden was sworn into office in Jan. 2021.

Trump is expected to discuss his vision for America's future in his keynote speech at the Institute's America First Agenda Summit Tuesday. He will likely focus on law and order.

This comes after the eighth hearing from the bipartisan House Select Committee investigating the events of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Other Republican leaders are set to speak on panels at the summit throughout the day, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

The summit is being streamed live on the America First Policy Institute website and YouTube channel. Trump's speech will also stream live on C-SPAN.

Watch live here:

Pence Aims to Restore Trump-Era Economic, Foreign Policies

Former Vice President Mike Pence wants to restore Trump-era economic and foreign policies.

His Freedom Agenda focuses on "American opportunity" by restoring the vitality of the U.S. economy through free market principles.

"To restore American freedom, the free market must be unleashed from the shackles of high taxes, over regulation and Big Government socialism," Pence said during his speech Tuesday.

Pence said America needs the same economic polices that were in place under the Trump-Pence administration.

With high inflation and the coming recession, Pence said "we need to go back to what we know works."

"Freedom works," he said.

He called for the extension of Trump's tax cuts, elimination of special interest tax breaks and low tax rates for "working Americans."

Pence also called for reciprocal trade deals "that put America and American workers first," the unleashing of American energy to lower gas prices at the pump and to "roll back the regulatory state."

He also made a renewed commitment to fiscal discipline and called for the federal budget to be balanced in the next five years.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in Washington. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

Strong American leadership is another hallmark of Pence's Freedom Agenda.

"American freedom means peace at home and stability abroad," he said.

Pence called for a strong national defense and the promotion of freedom with U.S. allies.

"Only a strong America can lead," he said.

Pence said the Biden administration has hampered the Trump administration's efforts to rebuild the military.

He blasted Biden for "flatlining" investments in national defense and the "disastrous" U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Pence called for a more robust defense budget, expansion for Space Force and "ending social experiments" in the military that began under the Obama administration and continued under President Biden.

"We have to end the woke culture in the military," Pence said.

He also called for more support for military servicemembers, saying America should treat them "like our own family."

On an international scale, Pence said the goal should be to "ensure American dominance" on land, sea, air and space.

He said "weakness arouses evil" and noted that the Trump-Pence administration was the only administration in the 20th century when Russia "did not seek to redraw international lines by force."

He said Russian President Vladimir Putin only understands strength and his "grandiose ambitions must be met with American strength." Pence shared that he told Putin " things he didn't want to hear" when he was in the White House.

Pence said the U.S. should continue to support Ukraine, stand with its allies in South and Central America, renew commitments to Israel and counter Iranian aggression through isolation and pressure.

He said the U.S. should "put a stake in the heart of the Iran nuclear deal once and for all."

Trump Disputes Idea of 'Losing His Power'

Former President Donald Trump took issue with a suggestion recently put forward by a New York Times columnist that he might be losing traction ahead of a potential 2024 run.

"Incredible how The New York Times just never gives up," Trump said in a statement released Tuesday by his Save America PAC. "One of their third-rate columnists wrote a story on Saturday saying that, despite almost universal victories in every major race, Trump may be losing his power."

The opinion article by Ross Douthat was published on July 23. It said Trump's "powers have been ebbing" this year and suggested Trump will not be able to rely solely on his objections to the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in order to win in 2024.

Trump said the article "doesn't cover" recent electoral victories by Trump-endorsed candidates. He mentioned his support for J.D. Vance in Ohio, Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania, Kari Lake in Arizona and several other candidates who have gained ground in their campaigns ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Trump criticized the paper again before mentioning the "disadvantages" to his "endorsement power," which he said included earlier endorsements of politicians he has since broken from, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"And I endorsed some others who have not been good to me, but I will never be good to them either," Trump said.

"The true story is that my endorsements have been, by any standard, amazing—stronger than ever seen before in our country's history," his statement continued. "If the opposite case were true, I would be fine with strong reporting on it, but as long as it's not, report the news correctly and accurately. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

Trump Returns for First Time Since Leaving WH

Former President Donald Trump is returning to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, his first trip back to the nation's capital since January 2021.

Trump has held several rallies across the country since leaving office, but he hasn't returned to Washington, D.C. since leaving the White House on President Joe Biden's inauguration day. Trump's Tuesday visit marks his first to the city in about 18 months.

Trump is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the America First Policy Institute's America First Agenda Summit. Several of Trump's Republican supporters in Congress are expected to attend his speech, according to the Associated Press.

Taylor Budowich, a spokesperson for Trump's Save America PAC, told the AP that Trump will discuss "public safety" in his speech.

Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville told the AP that he intends on attending Trump's speech and said those who tune in will hear "the same thing that you hear at all the other speeches."

Trump's appearance in Washington, D.C. comes hours after former Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Young America's Foundation. The speeches by Trump and Pence could both be preludes to each politician's potential 2024 presidential campaign.

Gun Rights are Hallmark of Pence Agenda

In addition to pro-life policies, Pence's Freedom Agenda also focuses on cultural issues in schools, immigration and gun rights.

Pence wants to secure religious freedom and freedom of speech from the censorship of "cancel culture."

This culture war starts in the classroom, he explained. Pence said Critical Race Theory is "state-sanctioned racism" and should be "rejected" in every school in every community across the country.

He wants to "purge" CRT from school and "restore patriotic education" in every classroom.

Pence called for more school choice, saying that families should be allowed to choose what school to send their children regardless of their income or area code.

Pence also called for an end to the "assault" on women's sports from "the radical gender left" to protect female athletes. He criticized President Joe Biden for his support for allowing transgender women to compete in women's sports.

The Second Amendment is also a hallmark of Pence's agenda. He wants to defend the right to keep and bear arms by introducing right to carry and Constitutional carry laws.

Pence referenced the armed man who stopped a shooter at a mall in Indiana recently.

"Firearms in hands of law abiding citizens make our communities more safe, not less safe," he said.

Pence also called for securing the southern border, finishing construction on the border wall and supporting law enforcement.

Pence Aide Called to Testify About Jan. 6

A federal grand jury looking into the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, called in a top aide to former Vice President Mike Pence to testify.

Marc Short, who served as Pence's chief of staff, confirmed that he testified before the federal grand jury during a Monday appearance on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront. Short was with Pence at the Capitol on January 6 as a joint session of Congress gathered to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Short later ran from the rioters with Pence after the mob broke into the building.

An anonymous source told the Associated Press that Short had received a subpoena to testify following reports of his testimony by ABC News. Short briefly addressed his compliance with the subpoena on Monday.

"I can confirm that I did receive a subpoena for the federal grand jury, and I complied to that subpoena," Short told Burnett. He declined to comment further on his testimony, citing advice from his attorney.

News of Short's appearance before the federal grand jury broke as Pence was preparing to travel to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Both Pence and former President Donald Trump are in the nation's capital to deliver speeches about the future of the country and of the Republican Party.

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Marc Short, former chief of staff for former Vice President Mike Pence, departs a Republican Study Committee meeting on July 20, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Pence Calls for Pro-Life Laws in Every State

The primary focus of former Vice President Mike Pence's Freedom Agenda is American culture.

"If we allow the radical left to continue dumping toxic waste into the headwaters of our culture, our politics will get more poisonous than ever," he said Tuesday. "The American people are proud of our culture. They believe it's worth protecting for future generations"

This starts with securing the sanctity of life at the center of American law, he said.

Pence said he was grateful that after 50 years of heartbreak, praying and working, the Supreme Court sent landmark abortion right's case Roe v. Wade "to the ash heap of history where it belongs" with the help of three Trump-appointed justices.

But the pro-life fight does not end there. Pence said conservatives must ensure that life is protected in all 50 states, including support for mothers, the unborn and newborns.

He also wants to reform adoption laws.

"You can't be pro-life if you're not pro-adoption," he said.

Additionally, Pence called for the end of tax payer funding for abortions and to defund Planned Parenthood.

"If we save the babies, we save America," he said.

Pence Previews His 'Freedom Agenda'

Former Vice President Mike Pence outlined his vision for America's future Tuesday morning in Washington D.C.

He began his speech at the Young America's Foundation (YAF) by saying American freedom is under attack.

"Big Tech, Big Media, and Big Government and even Big Business have locked arms to advance a pernicious woke agenda designed to control the American people and destroy the American Dream," he said.

Pence added that the ruling elites "have never been more out of touch with the values of everyday Americans" and "never more intent on imposing their agenda" on everyone.

While liberal policies under the Biden administration have lead to an unsecure southern border, inflation, high gas prices and the emboldenment of America's enemies, Pence said the only cure for the issues facing America today is "leadership committed to American freedom."

"Now, more than ever, we need to led American with a freedom agenda focused on the future," he said.

Pence noted the accomplishments of his time in the White House. He said that the Trump-Pence administration achieved low unemployment, high household income, high domestic energy production, a secure border and a powerful military.

But now is the time to look forward, not backward, Pence said.

"The truth of the matter is now more than ever conservatives need to be focused on the challenges Americans are facing today and offer a bold and positive agenda of solutions for the future," he said. "The Bible tells us where there is no vision, the people perish."

Pence said that the midterm elections this fall are a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to save America from decline and decay and build a lasting majority in Congress.

Conservatives, therefore, need to unite under a bold agenda.

Pence Says He and Trump 'Differ on Focus'

Former Vice President Mike Pence said his vision for the future is more similar than different than that of former President Donald Trump.

While speaking at the the Young America's Foundation (YAF) in Washington D.C., Pence was asked about the divide between his and Trump's agendas.

Pence said he "could not be more proud of the record of the Trump-Pence administration."

"I don't know that our movement is that divided," he said. "I don't know that the president and I differ on issues, but we may differ in focus."

While Trump chooses to focus on the past, Pence said he is looking towards the future.

He said that he believes elections are about the future and said that conservatives should not "give into the temptation" to look backwards.

Pence said he wants to push a positive, bold agenda to "bring America back."

Trump is set to speak in Washington later today about his vision for America's future.

Pence Calls China the Greatest Threat to U.S.

During his speech at Young America's Foundation, (YAF) former Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump-Pence administration "changed the national consensus on China."

He said that their leadership made Americans more aware of China's trade and human rights abuses over the last decade.

Pence also said that China has become more aggressive under the Biden administration, including an increase in human rights abuses, exacerbating issues in Hong Kong and "menacing" of Taiwan.

China is the greatest threat to U.S. economy and liberty in the 21st century, Pence said.

America, therefore, must hold the Chinese accountable for trade and human rights abuses in order to promote progress through American strength.

WATCH: Pence Speaks at Young America's Foundation

Former Vice President Mike Pence is speaking at the Young America's Foundation student conference in Washington, D.C. this morning.

His speech comes hours before former President Donald Trump is set to speak at the America First Agenda Summit, also in D.C.

Watch Pence's speech live here or below.