Donald Trump to speak at CPAC next weekend in his first public appearance since leaving office
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Donald Trump will deliver a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida next weekend in his first public appearance since leaving the White House, according to multiple reports.
Trump is expected to deliver a keynote speech on Sunday February 28, the final day of the conference, the New York Post reported on Saturday, citing a spokesman for CPAC.
It will be the first time Trump has directly addressed his supporters — or appeared publicly at all — since leaving the presidency on January 20.
Stripped of his Twitter account, he has remained uncharacteristically quiet as President Joe Biden took office, and as he faced a post-presidency impeachment trial in the Senate.
Trump hugs and kisses the American flag during last year’s CPAC. He was confirmed as a speaker at this year’s installment next weekend
Former President Trump heads to his golf club on Friday for yet another round of golf with friends. Trump wore a red MAGA hat for the first time this week
Trump had been a regular speaker at CPAC in prior years, famously hugging an American flag onstage in 2019.
At last year’s conference, he reprised the performance as well as planting a noisy kiss on Old Glory.
But his attendance at this year’s CPAC had remained in doubt, with Trump yet to define what level of public presence he seeks after leaving the presidency and facing legal threats on multiple fronts.
Trump skipped Biden’s inauguration and has remained mostly out of sight at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, spending portions of his Senate impeachment trial golfing on his nearby course.
Trump has been in seclusion at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida since leaving office, spending many days golfing. Pictured: Friday at Trump International in West Palm Beach
Since Inauguration Day, Trump has limited himself to occasional statements issued through his ‘Office of the Former President’, which he quickly re-branded as the ‘Office of Donald J. Trump’.
On Wednesday, Trump called in to Fox News to offer his tribute to conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, as well as insist that he won the November election.
‘Rush thought we won. And so do I,’ said Trump in the extended interview, his first live remarks since leaving office and a possible preview of his CPAC speech.
‘I think it’s disgraceful what happened. We were like a Third World country on election night,’ Trump said in the interview.
‘I was disappointed by voter tabulation. I think it’s disgraceful what happened.’
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