A group of Trump-era officials on Tuesday launched a new nonprofit called the America First Policy Institute, whose mission is to drive a populist agenda similar to that of former President Trump.
The 35-member group has a freshman budget of $ 20 million and a number of prominent Trump alumni at the helm. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will serve as informal advisers.
Brooke Rollins, Trump’s head of the Domestic Policy Council, will become CEO and president, and Linda McMahon, former head of the Small Business Administration and a member of the president’s former cabinet, will chair the board. The vice chairman is Larry Kudlow, Trump’s former White House economic adviser. Kudlow hosts a show about Fox Business.
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Rollins, McMahon and Kudlow first discussed the creation of the nonprofit in December. Rollins met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago last week to explain the group’s plans, and he was “delighted” to hear it.
The group plans to increase its budget to $ 40 million next year. An AFPI spokesperson did not disclose where the $ 20 million funding came from, but attributed the success of early donations to his leadership.
AFPI spans 20 different policy focuses, many of which are managed by Trump alumni. The Center for Energy Independence will be chaired by former Energy Secretary Rick Perry and National Security will be jointly chaired by former Acting Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and retired Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, who served as Vice President National Security Adviser. President Mike Pence.
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will chair the Center for Law and Justice. Bondi also served as a lawyer for Trump during his first impeachment trial.
AFPI is currently based in Arlington, Virginia, but plans to move to Washington, DC to get closer to the action.
“We know we have to earn our credibility and our trust through results. In Washington, DC, where results are sparse and credibility sparse, that may seem like an impossible summit,” Rollins told Fox News. But that’s also our advantage: Like the Trump presidency that brought us together, we were never from Washington, DC. We’re alone in it – and in multiple capitals, as I write – so we don’t have to commit to his ways. ”
The group plans to have offices in Fort Worth, Texas, Miami and New York.
“The patriots who bring together the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) are some of the greatest advocates of freedom, free enterprise, national grandeur and the primacy of American workers, families and communities that our nation has ever seen,” Trump said in a statement. a statement. Linda McMahon, Brooke Rollins, Larry Kudlow, Rick Perry, General Kellogg and the rest of the freedom fighters at AFPI have my full support as they work not only to preserve my government’s historic achievements but also to propel it forward. the America First Agenda for the future. I look forward to working with them to save America. ”
Announcing the launch on his Fox Business show, Kudlow called the group “bipartisan.”
“It’s twofold, which means we will put forward every policy we know of that puts America first and Americans first,” Rollins agreed.
Unlike other free market groups with Republican backing, the conservative group is calling for “fair trade” instead of “free trade.”
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“For years, the DC and global corporate elites, in the name of free trade orthodoxy, allowed markets and market efficiency to have an overwhelming influence on policy decisions,” the group writes on its website. “Nowhere was that more evident than in the field of international trade relations, where the United States repeatedly negotiated agreements that protected and promoted the interests of foreign workers, foreign agriculture and foreign companies – but not our own.”
On foreign policy, the group will take a tough stance against China. “For decades DC insiders and Wall Street elites have perpetuated the lie that US involvement in communist China would open, liberalize and reform that nation,” the AFPI website reads.
The group also seeks to proclaim classic American values in education and elsewhere “not as a look back to the past, but as the foundation of our future.”
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AFPI plans to develop policies for tighter border restrictions. “From attempts to discourage the social integration of immigrants, to stories proclaiming American injustice, to abuses of our asylum system, we are witnessing an unprecedented attack on what made our nation great. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) is investigating and develop policies to secure our borders, modernize our legacy gateways and advance merit-based policies, ”the website reads.