Donald Trump will preview his vision for the future of the GOP during his keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference next weekend.
Trump will be giving his first post-White House speech later this month, a source familiar with the plan was quoted by news agency AFP. We were like a Third World country on election night, ' Trump said in the interview.
CPAC is being held this year in Orlando, Fla., and will feature a slew of former Trump administration officials and others who represent his wing of the party, including former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
FILE - In this January 4, 2021, file photo President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally for 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.
The gap between Trump and McConnell widened when the latter declared after the Senate's acquittal of the former president that Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for the Capitol siege.
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He insists that "the Republican Party can never be respected or empowered with political leaders like Mitch McConnell at its head".
Trump first appeared at CPAC in 2011 at the urging of GOProud, a gay conservative group.
Pence, who had a falling out with Trump when he couldn't or wouldn't overturn the election on January 6 as Congress met to certify the election results. While the majority of Republican lawmakers and voters continue to align themselves with Trump, a significant number of prominent Republicans have now come out against the former president. The rally participants lined the street on President's Day to show support for him after his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.
Trump also laid low as the House impeached him a second time over claims he incited an "insurrection", in reference to the riot, and while the Senate held a trial to convict him for the claimed offense.
Trump defense lawyer Michael van der Veen said that "At no point was the president informed that the vice president was in any danger", in a statement responding to accusations to the contrary.
"Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again". McConnell is not on the CPAC speaker list this year, though he's certainly been a major presence at the event in years past. A poll conducted earlier this month by CBS News/YouGov showed that 70 percent of GOP voters would join or consider joining a new political party if Trump formed one.