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Trump to speak at CPAC in first post-White House appearance

Trump to speak at CPAC in first post-White House appearance”

Former U.S. President Donald Trump will seek to return to the political spotlight in an address to a major meeting of conservatives, a source familiar with his plans said on Saturday, as the Republican plots his post-White House moves. "We have to keep these voters engaged in the party", Miller said.

The annual conference is the biggest political event on the conservative calendar every year and Trump's decision to make his reemergence there sends a clear, unmistakable message that he's back and ready to lead.

For almost 50 years the annual CPAC convention has been held just outside Washington, D.C., in National Harbor, Maryland, but was moved to Florida this year in part to avoid strict coronavirus guidelines.

The full lineup of the annual gathering of conservative lawmakers and media figures has not yet been announced, but Trump is expected to close out the program on February 28th, the last day of the event, according to NBC News, who spoke with two sources familiar with the plans. Ten House Republicans voted with their Democratic colleagues to impeach him for inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol in a bid to block the formal certification of President Joe Biden's win. In 2019, Trump spoke for more than two hours. Last year, he famously hugged the American flag on stage after giving his speech, per CNN.

But his attendance at this year's CPAC had remained in doubt, with Trump yet to define what level of public presence he seeks after leaving the presidency and facing legal threats on multiple fronts.

Earlier this week, he surprised his fans, who had gathered for a "peaceful and patriotic" Presidents Day rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, to celebrate "America's greatest president", driving past his supporters and waving at them from his limo.

Two notable Republicans from the Trump administration not on the CPAC speaker list are former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence.

Stripped of his Twitter megaphone, he called into friendly cable TV news programs this week after the death of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, musing on far-right channel Newsmax about the possibility of a future political run.

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Members of Pence's team said that the former VP harbored some "bitterness" towards Trump following the Jan.6 Capitol riot, Fox News reports.

'I think it's disgraceful what happened.

'I was disappointed by voter tabulation.

Trump first appeared at CPAC in 2011 at the urging of GOProud, a gay conservative group.

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Sen".

Last year, Senator Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, was told publicly not to attend the event-despite previously winning CPAC's presidential straw poll on four occasions.

A number of top Republicans who are considered possible candidates for the party's 2024 presidential nomination are also due to speak at CPAC, including Mr Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota.



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