Donald Trump at his hush money trial
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SEATTLE - The latest feud between the two leading presidential candidates involves President Joe Biden calling out Donald Trump about supporting Project 2025, a 922-page collection of policy transition proposals that outlines how, should the Republican candidate win the 2024 presidential election, his administration could reshape the executive branch in order to carry out a far right agenda.

The 2025 Presidential Transition Project claims to want to "pave the way for an effective conservative administration," including a 180-day playbook with a governing agenda and a lineup of people ready to "rescue the country from the grip of the radical Left."

In that context, President Biden's campaign released a statement arguing that Trump is trying to hide his connections to the project, considering former officials from his administration are part of it. "It was written for him by those closest to him. Project 2025 should scare every single American," read a passage of the statement.

Trump, in turn, tried to distance himself from Project 2025, arguing that he has nothing to do with them nor knows who are people behind the agenda.

"I know nothing about Project 2025," Trump wrote in a post on his Truth Social network. "I have no idea who is behind it. I disagree with some of the things they're saying and some of the things they're saying are absolutely ridiculous and abysmal. Anything they do, I wish them luck, but I have nothing to do with them," he said about the project led by the Heritage Foundation.

Trump's campaign has indicated in the past that the suggested transition-in-waiting efforts by allies have been unhelpful. Trump has made public of his own plans to remake the U.S. government if he wins the 2024 presidential election. Those plans include staging the largest deportation operation in U.S. history, impose a system of tariffs of about 10% on most foreign goods and settle the war between Russia and Ukraine before taking office.

Project 2025 argues that the movement is not specifically tied to any candidate or campaign, adding that the coalition is composed by more than 110 conservative groups "advocating policy and personnel recommendations for the next conservative president."

This week, the Republican Party will start to draft its party platform for the upcoming election. In 2016, then-candidate Trump deferred to party operatives to craft the document while in 2020 the Republican Party declined to introduce a new platform. This time around, the GOP is expected to release the first truly defined platform by Trump according to Republicans who have served on the committee.

"I expect this to be Trump's platform," said Jesse Law, a 2016 platform committee member reprising his role in 2024. "I expect the members of the committees to fall in line," he added.

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