Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week:
1.Former President Donald Trump To Decide On 2024 Presidential Run After Midterm Elections
Former President Donald Trump said on March 16 he would decide whether to make another run for the Presidency after congressional elections in November 2022. Trump has said he is committed to helping fellow Republicans try to win back control of the House of Representatives and the Senate in the 2022 elections, which will be an early referendum on Democratic President Joe Biden’s leadership.“I think we have a very, very good chance of taking back the House,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. “You have a good chance to take back the Senate and frankly, we’ll make our decision after that.” Trump told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that his supporters appeared ready to back him again if he ran. “Based on every poll, they want me to run again, but we’re going to take a look and we’ll see,” Trump said.
2. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Announces School Reopening Plan
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy urged more New Jersey schools to return to in-person learning on March 17, just days after rallying parents placed blame for lingering closures squarely at the Governor’s feet. “Now is the time for all of our schools to meaningfully move forward with a return to in-person instruction, whether it be full-time or with a hybrid schedule,” Governor Murphy said during his regular coronavirus briefing in Trenton. The Governor pointed to billions in federal funding headed to schools from the American Rescue Plan and said his administration is doing everything in its power “to get as many kids back safely and responsibly into a classroom.”
3. Biden Administration Crafting Plan To Reset US Ties With Palestine
According to an internal draft memo, the Biden administration is crafting a plan aimed at resetting US ties with Palestine that all but collapsed under former President Donald Trump. Two people familiar with the State Department document, which was first reported by the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper The National, said it was still in an early “working stage” but could eventually form the basis for rolling back parts of Trump’s approach that Palestinians denounced as heavily biased in favor of Israel.
Since President Joe Biden took office on January 20, his aides have said they intend to repair relations with the Palestinians. The administration has pledged to resume hundreds of millions of dollars in economic and humanitarian assistance and work toward reopening the Palestinians’ diplomatic mission in Washington. President Biden’s aides have also made clear they want to re-establish the goal of a negotiated two-state solution as a priority in US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But they have moved cautiously with Israel’s March 23 elections looming, followed by Palestinian elections scheduled in coming months.