Trump Distances from Conservative Initiative “Project 2025”

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Trump Distances from Conservative Initiative “Project 2025”

Former President Donald Trump made a post on Truth Social on Friday, indicating that he is not involved with “Project 2025,” and disagrees with some of their statements.

Trump announced: “I know nothing about Project 2025. I have no idea who is behind it.” The statement may have come as a shock to his critics and supporters alike, both of whom saw overlap between his campaign goals and the project. He also added: “I disagree with some of the things they’re saying and some of the things they’re saying are absolutely ridiculous and abysmal. Anything they do, I wish them luck, but I have nothing to do with them.”

“Project 2025” is an initiative spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank. On their website, those behind the project write: “It is not enough for conservatives to win elections. If we are going to rescue the country from the grip of the radical left, we need both a governing agenda and the right people in place, ready to carry this agenda out on day one of the next conservative administration.”

The Director and two associate directors of the project are all employees of the Heritage Foundation. Paul Dans, the Director, was the chief of staff for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) during the Trump administration.

In the 2024 campaign, Trump has often spoken about his plans to “dismantle the deep state.” Many considered the Heritage Foundation’s initiative to be the detailed roadmap for his plans, but his recent post suggests otherwise.

The project’s website includes detailed policy prescriptions for the next administration, with 30 topics covered. In the foreword to the collection of texts, Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts points to four ultimate goals of conservatism:

“1. Restore the family as the centerpiece of American life and protect our children.

2. Dismantle the administrative state and return self-governance to the American people.

3. Defend our nation’s sovereignty, borders, and bounty against global threats.

4. Secure our God-given individual rights to live freely—what our Constitution calls ‘the Blessings of Liberty.’”

Other sections include plans for reorganizing numerous federal agencies. In an overview of the “Intelligence Community” section, Dustin J. Carmack points to “redundancies, mission creep, and [Intelligence Community] infighting” as problems to solve. Lindsey M. Burke’s plan for the Department of Education begins by saying, “Federal education policy should be limited and, ultimately, the federal Department of Education should be eliminated.

The section covering the Federal Reserve, written by Paul Winfree, argues that the “monetary dysfunction” in the US is due in part to the “impossibility of fine-tuning the money supply in real time.” He goes on to point out the inherent problem of the government “printing money to finance its operations.”