Trump will talk about “the future of the Republican Party and the Conservative Movement”, migration and the “catastrophic policies” of his successor Joe Biden, Insider said, according to reports.
As the NYT writes, the CPAC has traditionally been a stage for Republican candidates for president, as well as for emerging figures in the party. Trump has signaled to several allies and advisors in the past few days that he is concentrating on running again for president in 2024.
It is unclear whether this will actually happen, according to the NYT. But his announcement could cripple the party for the next two years, make it difficult for other candidates to position themselves – and more importantly – prevent them from building networks for the donations that are so important in the election campaign, the paper writes.
Ex-Vice President Pence apparently declined the invitation
The speakers announced include former Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, former US Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, and former White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, according to the dpa agency.
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The magazine “Politico” initially reported on the cancellation of Pence.
Trump plunged the United States into deep political crisis
Trump clearly lost the November 3 presidential election to Democrat Biden. But for weeks he braced himself against being voted out of office with unfounded accusations of fraud, thus plunging the USA into a deep political crisis.
Supporters of Trump had violently stormed the Congress seat in Washington on January 6th. Parliament met there to certify Biden’s election victory. Five people were killed in the riots, including a police officer. Trump had recently incited his supporters at a rally that the election victory had been stolen from him. MPs, senators as well as Pence and the prominent Republican Senator Mitt Romney were brought to safety in some cases just minutes before the angry mob stormed boardrooms.
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The Democrats in the US Congress accused Trump of “inciting a riot” and initiated impeachment proceedings against him – among other things, to ban him from future offices. Last weekend, Trump was acquitted by the Senate in the process. Meanwhile, the Chairwoman of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has announced the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry.
Trump, who was permanently banned from his former favorite means of communication, Twitter, had recently also held back with media appearances. On Wednesday he had spoken by phone to his favorite station Fox News – actually to pay tribute to the late conservative radio presenter Rush Limbaugh.
The n he used the show again to spread his unsubstantiated election fraud allegations.
Trump attacks former ally McConnell
Since Trump was voted out of office, the Republican Party has divided a political dispute that Trump is actively fueling. Most recently, the 74-year-old attacked the top Republican in the US Senate, his former ally Mitch McConnell. McConnell has made it clear that he wants to try to minimize Trump’s influence after storming the Capitol. Trump, in turn, made it clear that he would promote candidates who continue his policy.
Trump, whose political career began at the 2011 CPAC event, the NYT notes, downplayed the coronavirus pandemic threat in his speech at last year’s conference and claimed his administration was in control, writes Sheet.
The USA now has by far the highest number of cases. In total, there are now more than 28 million confirmed infections in the country with its around 328 million inhabitants. Data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
The number of Covid 19 deaths is approaching the 500,000 mark – on Sunday morning it was 497,648.
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