Former President Donald J. Trump will speak at the conservative event known as CPAC on February 28, his first public appearance and lengthy speech since leaving the White House for the last time this month latest.
A senior aide to Mr. Trump has confirmed that he will attend the Conservative Public Action Conference, which is being held in Orlando, Florida, this year and that he plans to talk about the future of the Republican Party as well as of President Biden’s immigration policy. policies, which aimed to defeat those of Mr. Trump.
What Mr. Trump plans to talk about and what he ultimately says once on stage often diverge, as he abandons the scripts that assistants prepare for him.
But it will be the first time he has spoken in public since the deadly January 6 riot by his supporters on Capitol Hill.
The former president, who has been permanently banned from Twitter and faces investigations into his companies and whether he is guilty of the attack on the Capitol, has generally kept a low profile except to give a small series from interviews to cool news. media reports on the death of radio host Rush Limbaugh last week. Even though the talks were supposed to focus on Mr. Limbaugh, Mr. Trump always strayed by repeating his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
But CPAC has traditionally been a call to cattle for Republican candidates as well as for aspiring party figures. And Mr. Trump has signaled to several allies and advisers in recent days that he is focused on his run for president again in 2024.
If he actually does, that’s an open question. But his presence could freeze the ground for the next two years, preventing other applicants from developing operations and, more importantly, donor networks to support their applications.
Mr. Trump is currently locked in a battle with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, over the party’s future and the type of candidates it attracts. Mr McConnell has made it clear that he wants to try to downplay Mr Trump’s influence after the deadly riot.
But Mr Trump has said he will try to encourage candidates who will advance his policy.
The CPAC conference is the event where, a year ago, when it was held in Washington, DC, Mr. Trump delivered a speech downplaying the threat of the novel coronavirus and insisting his administration had the situation in hand. A man from New Jersey who attended the conference has tested positive for the virus, sparking a rush from officials of the Conservative Union of America, who are leading the conference.
Two weeks after Mr. Trump’s speech, the pandemic was a crisis in its own right, which ultimately engulfed his administration. The administration’s failure to respond to the virus was a key issue for voters in the 2020 election.
Mr. Trump’s modern political life began with a speech at CPAC in 2011.