Politics Trump to attend GOP's spring donor retreat

01:57  24 february  2021
01:57  24 february  2021 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Former President Trump will attend a private spring donor retreat hosted by the Republican National Committee (RNC) in April, the latest confirmed appearance as he plots his comeback in GOP politics.

Trump ’ s expected attendance at the event, which is expected to draw an array of major GOP givers, was confirmed by two people familiar with his plans. Republican officials declined to specify where the event is being held, but they said it would not be at Trump ’ s nearby Mar-a-Lago estate, where the former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel has stressed that the committee will be neutral toward potential 2024 candidates, a group that includes Trump , who has told aides in recent days that he’ s interested in waging a comeback bid. The spring retreat is set to feature several would-be contenders, including

Former President Trump is scheduled to attend the Republican National Committee's spring donor retreat in Florida this April, according to a Republican familiar with the situation and an invitation obtained by CBS News.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie © KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS Donald Trump

Mr. Trump's planned appearance at the gathering with top GOP donors was first reported by Politico. CBS News reported in January that the RNC was planning to invite the former president to the event.

The retreat offers potential 2024 candidates to make their case to deep-pocketed party donors. According to the invitation, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, Florida Senator Rick Scott, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are among those also scheduled to attend.

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Former President Trump is expected to attend the Republican National Committee' s April spring donor retreat , which will take place in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a news report. Trump ' s expected appearance was reported first by Politico. The former president is expected to make his Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rick Scott of Florida, Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota, as well as former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The donor weekend will give the wider field a chance to establish relationships with big Republican money ahead of the 2024 race.

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The former president's appearance comes as GOP leaders debate what his role in the future of the party should be.

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel is scheduled to meet with Mr. Trump this week, a source confirmed to CBS News. She is one of his allies and was unanimously re-elected RNC Chair in January. McDaniel has pledged to stay neutral in the 2024 primary and told The Associated Press in January that she wants to see the former president help Republicans in the 2022 midterms.

The Senate recently voted to acquit Mr. Trump of inciting the January 6 riot at the Capitol in his second impeachment trial. State and local Republican parties have censured some of the Senate Republicans who voted to convict Mr. Trump.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he voted to acquit Mr. Trump because he believed it was unconstitutional to convict a former president. After the trial, McConnell gave a searing speech on the Senate floor and said the former president was "morally and practically responsible" for the riot.

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Trump , who attended a Republican National Committee donor retreat at his private resort at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, told financiers Friday that his administration is making public health and safety a No. 1 priority, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. Pence, who was tapped by Trump to lead the White House coronavirus task force, spoke to donors at the retreat on Saturday. He echoed what the president said a day earlier, these people added. The retreat followed Trump ' s visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where the president told reporters that

President Donald Trump will attend a Republican retreat in Baltimore, a city he repeatedly trashed earlier this summer and called a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” the White House said Sunday. The White House released a schedule indicating Trump planned to attend the House News broke just days later that House Republicans planned to hold their annual retreat in Baltimore. Cummings previously said he hoped Trump would pay the city a visit. “The president is welcome in our district, to go through the 7th Congressional District, and he will see strong people who get up and

Mr. Trump shot back at McConnell in a statement days later, calling the minority leader, "a dour, sullen, & unsmiling political hack." He pledged to back primary candidates who support his political agenda "where necessary and appropriate."

While some factions of the Republican Party are exploring ways to move beyond Mr. Trump, polls conducted after the January 6 attack at the Capitol have shown the former president still has a strong base of support within the Republican Party.

A recent CBS News poll found 73% of Republicans said it was very or somewhat important that Republicans show loyalty to Mr. Trump. A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted after the impeachment trial found 81% of Republicans approve of Mr. Trump. An Economist/YouGov poll published this week found 48% of Republicans wouldn't vote for a congressional or gubernatorial candidate who is critical of Mr. Trump.

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Republicans are looking to inject large donations into the campaigns of candidates and politicians who have stood against Donald Trump as they seek to pry the party from his grip amid an escalating GOP civil war. © Drew Angerer/Getty A video billboard calling for the conviction of former U. S . President Donald Trump plays near the U. S . Capitol during his second impeachment trial on February 12, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Kristi Noem (R) will gladhand with Republican donors at President Trump ’ s Mar-a-Lago resort next month amid speculation that she plans to run for president in 2024. Should she run, Noem is expected to join a crowded primary field of Republicans looking to win back the White House. However, she recently polled at 1 percent in a poll of prospective GOP candidates and it remains unclear how Trump could shake up the primary contest if he decides to run given his overwhelming popularity with Republicans.

Mr. Trump is scheduled to make his first public speech since leaving office on Sunday at CPAC, a conservative political conference. A source told CBS News that the former president is expected to discuss the future of the Republican Party and may attack some of President Biden's policies.

The former president's hold over the GOP was evident when CBS News received responses from only five out of 50 GOP senators last about whether they agreed with Mr. Trump's claims that he had won the election, which he is still repeating, and whether they support Senator Mitch McConnell as Republican minority leader.

Several top Republicans have traveled to Florida or spoken with the former president since he left office. The top two House Republicans have visited him at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Florida Senator Rick Scott, who is chair of the Senate Republicans' campaign arm, told reporters on Tuesday that he has also spoken with Mr. Trump about his efforts in the midterm elections.

"I told him I want to win in '22, and said I'm going to be very specific about where I think he could be helpful, and he gets to make the decision whether he wants to do it or not," Scott said.

Weijia Jiang and Alan He contributed to this report.

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"The Republican Party is in deep disarray and he's solid as granite," Tim Malloy, an analyst for the Quinnipiac University poll, told Newsweek. Just days after the Senate acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial, three out of four Republicans — 75 to 21 percent — told Quinnipiac they would like to see the former president play a prominent role in the GOP."He may be down, but he's not out of favor of the GOP," Malloy said, noting the poll's finding that overall two-thirds of Americans don't want to see Trump return.

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