McDaniel made the comments in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” in which she was asked about the influence Trump has had on the Republican party and its future.
“The voters are saying overwhelmingly they agree with what President Trump did in office,” McDaniel told the outlet, adding that while she does not know if Trump plans to run for office in 2024, he is “committed to helping us win back majorities in 2022.”
She said President Joe Biden’s administration is rolling back Trump’s legacy with actions like revoking the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Trump restored after it was delayed when former President Barack Obama was in office.
“As you see Joe Biden say, I’m going to prioritize opening our borders over opening our schools, opening our economies, when you see the vaccine rollout that started under Operation Warp Speed in less than a year—these are the types of things that voters are saying they saw happen in the Trump administration and now they’re seeing the Biden administration strip those things away,” McDaniel said.
But while Trump’s presidency is over, his label of “America First” politics is here to stay, according to Richard Grenell, former Acting Director of U.S. National Intelligence.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 27, Grenell attributed Trump for “successfully realigning U.S. foreign policy with the interests of the American people” and claimed that this realignment was so well-received by the public that it is obliged to live on through the efforts of the current administration.
“The doctrine of America First is here to stay,” Grenell said. “Even in the first month of a new administration, America First electoral popularity and strategic accomplishments ensure that it no longer belongs to a single party or politician,” he added, likely referring to some of the America First-flavored actions taken by the Biden administration.
Few days after taking office, President Joe Biden signed a “Made in America” executive order seeking to expand acquisitions of products made in the United States, particularly by constricting rules around federal procurement and giving the government a bigger role in supporting the U.S. businesses. The action makes it harder for federal agencies to obtain shipped products by raising local-content requirements, cracking down on waivers that allow exemptions to current Buy American Act rules, and tightening the fulfillment of the new efforts.