(PresidentialInsider.com)- In his first major event since leaving the White House, former President Donald Trump is all set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that will this year take place in Florida. Sources close to the former president made the announcement on Saturday.
CPAC, which usually takes place at the Gaylord Convention Center in Maryland, will this year be held in Orlando, Florida, on February 25. Former President Trump is expected to speak on the final day of the event, February 28.
“He’ll be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement,” the source said on the condition of anonymity.
“Also look for the 45th President to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” the source added.
It was a driving force behind Trump’s 2016 victory, but fell into the background of the 2020 presidential campaign thanks to the COVID outbreak.
On Wednesday, House Republicans reportedly clashed over the expected presence of the former president at the conference. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy firmly said that the president should speak at the event on Sunday, while House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney disagreed.
“That’s up to CPAC,” she said. “I don’t believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country,” Cheney said in the presence of McCarthy.
The awkward exchange also saw Rep. Steve Scalise shaking his head as she made the comments.
“On that high note, thank you!” McCarthy said to the press, ending a bizarre press conference which saw Republican House leaders more divided than in a long time.
Should former Pres. Trump speak at CPAC?
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “Yes, he should.”
GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney: “That’s up to CPAC…following January 6, I don’t believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party, or country.” pic.twitter.com/SdT9u2IniE
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 24, 2021
Former President Donald Trump has previously given speeches at CPAC, most notably in the run-up to his 2016 presidential campaign. The conference is often a platform for future presidential contenders to make their case to Republican Party loyalists, and it is rumored that it could be a platform on which the former President restarts his presidential campaign for a 2024 run.