Former President Donald J. Trump—more than a month after leaving the White House—is scheduled to speak at CPAC at the end of this week and deliver remarks critical of President Joe Biden, China, and Biden’s latest immigration moves.
Trump, who officially established the Office of the Former President in late January in Palm Beach County, Florida, is also expected to reestablish himself as head of the Republican Party, sources close to the former president are saying—with Axios first reporting that Trump will say he’s the GOP’s “presumptive 2024 nominee.”
The Conservative Political Action Committee’s annual event is taking place this year in Orlando, Florida. Trump is scheduled to speak on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021.
Trump advisor Jason Miller is quoted as saying, “Trump effectively is the Republican Party. The only chasm is between Beltway insiders and grass-roots Republicans around the country. When you attack President Trump, you’re attacking the Republican grass roots,” according to Axios’s Mike Allen.
In addition, a source familiar with Trump’s planned remarks told the Washington Examiner, “Look for the 45th president to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” that outlet reported.
Biden’s sweeping immigration reform bill—the details of which he shared last week—include a path to citizenship for the millions of individuals who are living here illegally. The Biden plan would also grow the refugee resettlement program.
The oft-quoted number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. is 11 million—but many sources say that number is perhaps twice or even three times as high as that.
Among the many other speakers who will be taking the stage at this year’s conservative gathering are Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah), Donald Trump Jr., former Sec. of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, former Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik, conservative commentator Wayne Dupree, and actor Jon Voight.
CPAC, founded by the American Conservative Union and Young Americans for Freedom, began in 1974—and that year, Ronald Reagan gave the inaugural keynote address.
It has since grown to become the largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world.
The event takes place Feb. 25 through Feb. 28 this year.
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—By CNJ Staff