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Trump Allies Line Up Shadow Government, Mindful of 2016’s Chaos

  • America First group lays groundwork as Trump weighs 2024 run
  • Nonprofit also developing policy for Republican-led Congress
Donald Trump during a "Save America" rally at Alaska Airlines Center, on July 9,

Donald Trump during a "Save America" rally at Alaska Airlines Center, on July 9,

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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A group of Donald Trump’s former aides is preparing a turnkey administration for his return to the White House, as the embattled former president hints that he’s preparing to make a third run for the nation’s highest office.

America First Policy Institute, a nonprofit led by former Trump cabinet member and World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon, has essentially assembled a shadow government for Trump -- or, potentially, any other Republican who takes the White House from Democrats in 2024.