U.S. CAPITAL – A source familiar with Trump’s intentions said Saturday that the former president will try to re-enter the political spotlight by giving a speech at a big convention of conservatives.
The source added that Trump, speaking on the condition of anonymity, plans to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida on the last day of their gathering, February 28.
He will discuss the direction of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. The insider also noted that the 45th President would be challenging President (Joe) Biden’s failed amnesty and border policies.
Shortly after Trump’s impeachment on charges of encouraging his supporters’ violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, where senators were convening to certify Biden’s victory in the November 3 election, Trump’s turbulent four years in the White House came to an end.
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Trump was exonerated in an impeachment hearing before the Senate after he had spent two months falsely claiming widespread fraud was the cause of his election loss. Unfortunately, the required two-thirds majority was not reached in this case, and the defendant was not convicted (57-43).
On Tuesday, Trump took his frustration out on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the most senior elected Republican in the country, for voting to impeach or convict 17 of Trump’s fellow Republicans in the House and Senate.
Republicans are on edge as they plan how to regain power in 2022 after losing the White House to Joe Biden and the Senate to Democrats in two shocking runoff victories in Georgia last month.
In the weeks following the November election, Trump and McConnell fell out. Trump was upset that the Kentucky Republican had declared Biden the victor in the middle of December, which angered Trump. This week, a former White House official said the two have not communicated since the incident.
This week, Trump criticised McConnell as “a dour, grumpy, and unsmiling political hack” and warned Republican senators that they “will not win again” if they stick with him.
After the Senate exonerated the previous president, McConnell stated that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the Capitol siege, widening the chasm between the two men.
Trump’s secretary of state Mike Pompeo, as well as South Dakota’s governor Kristi Noem, are among the prominent Republicans scheduled to speak at CPAC this year; they are all seen as potential candidates for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination.
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Nikki Haley, Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations, and Mike Pence, Trump’s former vice president, are two prominent Republicans who are not on the CPAC speaker roster.
After Haley wrote a piece critical of Trump for Politico, another source claimed that Trump rejected Haley’s request for a meeting.