Trump kicks off White House run but top Republicans absent

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Washington (AFP) – The patriotic music, fiery rhetoric and adoring crowd were all there as Donald Trump announced another White House bid, but — in a sign his star has dimmed — top Republican officials and even family members were no-shows. Trump’s announcement that he is running again in 2024 came exactly a week after a poor Republican showing in midterm elections, a performance some members of the party have blamed on questionable candidates backed by the former president. The lackluster attendance may reflect a desire among some party leaders to turn the page on the divisive and legally c…

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