Trump announced his endorsement of loyalist Rep.
According to Jolly, "I think unfortunately Donald Trump is still relevant for a couple of very important reasons".
And Trump's backing of Budd leaves rival Senate Republican primary candidates out in the cold.
Major news networks reportedly declined to air Donald Trump's first public speech in months to the Republican Party of North Carolina's annual convention on Saturday evening.
Former President Donald Trump, right, listens as his daughter-in-law Lara Trump speaks at the North Carolina Republican Convention in Greenville, N.C., on June 5, 2021.
"This gentleman is going to be your next senator", Trump added, offering Budd his "complete and total endorsement". When he was ousted from Twitter in early January, CNBC reported that the former president had tens of millions of followers, and he had millions more on Facebook.
His advisers are already eyeing subsequent appearances in Ohio, Florida, Alabama and Georgia to help bolster midterm candidates and energize voters. Pat McCrory in his speech, who he said he would not support.
He appeared to dangle a possible run himself for president in 2024, saying he was looking forward to that year.
"The survival of America depends on our ability to elect Republicans at every level starting with the midterms next year", Trump said. The claims have triggered a wave of Republican-backed voting restrictions in state legislatures across the country, even though Trump's cries of voting fraud have been refuted by dozens of judges, Republican governors and senior officials from his own administration.