Former President Donald Trump has shown political acumen by using his court appearances in Manhattan, which would be a fatal blow to most running for office, as a platform to share his views and further his political ambitions.
Trump, surrounded by reporters on day three of his trial brought forward by New York Attorney General Letitia James, took the opportunity to comment on the turmoil in the House of Representatives.
The former president is currently on trial in New York — facing charges of committing fraud by overestimating his personal worth to secure more favorable terms for business loans.
RTM previously reported that both James and the judge trying the case, Arthur Engoron, have been accused of exercising political bias.
Recently, a heavily disputed court valuation of Trump’s assets — particularly his Mar-a-Lago property — appear to indicate ties between the court and key Democratic leaders, and a smiling judge when Trump entered the courtroom on day one of his trial helped the former president to be viewed as a victim in the court of public opinion.
Trump has shared that his significant lead in polls substantiates that claim.
On Wednesday, Trump, accompanied by his defense team, led by Alina Habba, spoke with reporters about the unprecedented ouster of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Tuesday.
Seemingly pleased that multiple Republican lawmakers have recommended he step in as the new speaker, Trump happily responded to a reporter’s request that he share his thoughts on the matter.
Trump told the reporter: “A lot of people have been asking me about it. There are other “great people” in the GOP. … My total focus is on being president,” Trump said diplomatically.
The reporter pressed: “Would you take the job?”
Without answering the question directly, Trump replied: “A lot of people have asked me that.” The former president then referenced his significant lead in the polls — inferring his focus was on his run for president.
Trump said, “My focus is totally on being president,” but he left open the possibility of serving as speaker, saying, “But if I can help [the Republican Party] … in the process [of running for president], I would do it.”
Tactfully, he added, “But we have some great people in the Republican Party [who] could do a great job as speaker.”
Another reporter asked: “What do you think about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene calling for you to be speaker yesterday?”
Trump replied, “I think she is a wonderful woman … and a lot of other people have called for that too.”
The former president concluded: “All I can say is we’ll do whatever’s best for the country and for the Republican Party. … I will do whatever … to help, but my focus, my total focus, is being president.
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