Trump To Speak At CPAC In Orlando On Feb. 28 — His First Public Appearance Since Leaving Office
Former President Donald Trump is expected to attend the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) next week in what will become his first major public appearance since leaving the White House on January 20.
The CPAC will run from February 25 until February 28 in Orlando, Florida but a spokesperson for the American Conservative Union told media outlets that the former Republican president will speak on the last day of the conference.
The New York Post first reported that Trump will appear to talk about the future of the GOP — he is also widely expected to criticize the current Democratic administration’s “disastrous amnesty and border policies” which is a reversal of his own immigration policies while he was in office.
“Trump’s speech will focus on ‘the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement,’” a source close to the former president was quoted by The Post.
“Also look for the 45th President to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” the source added.
After leaving office last month, former president Trump held his base in his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and has largely kept a low profile even throughout his second impeachment trial in the Senate.
The former president is also unable to communicate with his supporters after social media giants — Facebook and Twitter, among others — permanently banned him from their platforms over allegations he incited the riot at Capitol Hill on January 6 through his online posts.
He only made a series of appearances with media outlets like Newsmax and Fox News to honor conservative radio host, Rush Limbaugh, after he died.
The former president also released a statement on the day he was acquitted in the Senate noting that he will “emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant, and limitless American future.”
“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” he said.
“In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it!” he added.
Trump also recently issued a scathing statement against top GOP senator, Mitch McConnell — who claimed the former president was still ‘practically and morally responsible’ for what happened in Capitol Hill — despite his vote against convicting Trump.
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump said.
Meanwhile, reports said other notable speakers at the CPAC this year include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, former press secretary Sarah Sanders, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
The former president has spoken several times as president in CPAC — with his 2019 speech at the conference lasting more than two hours.
CPAC is typically held in D.C. but it will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando this year.
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