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The cat is out of the bag.
Mark Meadows — Trump’s final White House chief of staff — revealed that several of Trump’s Cabinet members have been meeting at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
It’s been widely speculated that Trump may run again for president in 2024. A report from the Rolling Stone says “Trump has told at least three people he’s dined with in recent months that he plans to run in 2024.”
Meadows said cabinet members are focused on “what comes next” with regards to 2022 and 2024 elections.
Newsmax host Steve Cortes, who was himself a former Trump adviser, asked whether Meadows wanted to break any news about his meetings with the former president.
“We met with several of our Cabinet members tonight,” Meadows said.
“We actually had a follow-up member — meeting with some of our Cabinet members, and as we were looking at that. We were looking at what does come next,” he continued.
Then came the bombshell comment:
“I’m not authorized to speak on behalf of the president, but I can tell you this, Steve: We wouldn’t be meeting tonight if we weren’t making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket,” Meadows added.
TRENDING 👇 Biden Offering Money to Americans Who Get Vaccinated
The Biden administration appears to be desperate.
Biden asked state and local governments to use funds from his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to offer $100 payments to individuals in order to incentivize coronavirus vaccinations, The Hill reports.
The Treasury Department said, “Treasury stands ready to give technical assistance to state and local governments so that they may use the funds effectively to support increased vaccination in their communities, and Treasury will partner with the Department of Health and Human Services throughout this effort.”
Biden said at the White House, “I know that paying people to get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks that have gotten vaccinated already but here’s the deal: if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them…. We all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated,” Biden added.
More from The Hill:
The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law, which Biden signed in March, included $350 billion in funding to assist state, territorial and local governments in battling the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic… The Treasury Department clarified in May that governments that receive funds could use them for vaccine incentive programs. Several states and private businesses have already offered vaccine incentives in the form of lotteries and free food and other goods.
The announcement represents the latest strategy by the Biden administration to incentivize vaccines amid the spread of the more contagious delta variant… Almost 70 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but vaccination rates have leveled off in recent weeks, and the percentage of people who are vaccinated in some areas of the country remains low.