Trump alumni launch America First Policy Institute
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Former Trump administration officials on Tuesday have launched America First Policy Institute, a nonprofit group allied with former President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE, almost three months after the former commander in chief left office. 

The group, comprised of 40 staff members and a first-year budget of $20 million, has been in the planning stages since December and is currently based in Arlington, Va., Axios reported

“The America First Policy Institute is launching to continue the transformative changes that happened over the last four years,” Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the group, said in its launch video.


Rollins was formerly the head of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council.

“We know what the insider approach is; it’s failure. It’s the outsider approach that wins and we saw it first hand,” she continued. 

Other Trump administration alumni involved include former Energy secretary Rick PerryRick PerryTomorrow's special election in Texas is the Democrats' best House hope in 2021 Overnight Energy: Michigan reps reintroduce measure for national 'forever chemicals' standard |  White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill Trump alumni launch America First Policy Institute MORE running the Center for Energy Independence and Trump’s spiritual adviser Paula White running the Center for American Values.

The national security section of the group will be chaired by former Director of National Intelligence John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeTrump alumni launch America First Policy Institute Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Former Trump officials eye bids for political office MORE as well as former national security adviser to former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceMcConnell amid Trump criticism: 'I'm looking forward, not backward' Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts McConnell sidesteps Cheney-Trump drama MORE, Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg.  

Rollins told Axios that the group’s goal is to be "dreamers and ... risk-takers." Rollins hopes the group doubles its current budget for 2022.

The group eventually wants to expand to offices near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., New York and Miami.

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Under the nonprofit’s website “priorities” it emphasized “jobs first,” “opportunity first,” “security first,” “freedom first” and “innovation first."

Updated at 4:20 p.m.