Trump makes appearance at Mar-a-Lago dog rescue fundraiser

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE on Friday made an appearance at a dog rescue fundraiser his daughter-in-law, Lara TrumpLara TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden to country: 'Turning peril into possibility' Budd to run for Senate in NC Former North Carolina chief justice launches Senate campaign MORE, was involved with at his private Mar-a-Lago club.

The former president gave an impromptu speech at the Big Dog Ranch Rescue event, which aimed to raise $500,000 to bring 500 dogs from China to the U.S., the group's founder and president told a local NBC affiliate.

"I'm with you 100 percent. We had many meetings in the White House and the Oval Office having to do with saving and helping dogs!" he said onstage while sporting a red "Make America Great Again" hat.


Video of his appearance was tweeted out by WPTV NewsChannel 5's T.A. Walker. 

The former president also talked onstage about his daughter-in-law possibly running for Senate.

Lara Trump has reportedly weighed a bid to replace retiring Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGOP senator urges Biden to withdraw support for COVID vaccine patent waiver Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote Battle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers MORE (R) in North Carolina in 2022, though she has not made any official announcement.  

"I don't know. You're running for the Senate. I hear she's going to run for the Senate," former President Trump told attendees Friday.

The former president plans to play an active role in the 2022 midterms and has already thrown his support behind a number of Republicans, including some challenging GOP lawmakers who criticized him after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.