CPAC chief confirms Trump invited to Florida meetings

President Donald J. Trump delivers his remarks Saturday, Feb. 29, 2019, during his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Official White House photo by Tia Dufour)

Several of the key players in President Trump’s administration already are scheduled to speak at next week’s the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida.

They include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, former HUD Secretary Ben Carson, former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

Now there’s an open door for Trump himself to speak.

“I’d love to see him come to CPAC next,” CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp told the Washington Examiner.

The conference begins Feb. 25 in Orlando.

Schlapp didn’t say whether or not he had received a response.

“I’ve always had good relations with him, we’ve always talked, and I hope we can make it work,” he said. “I think he deserves to be heard. I think even people who disagree with him will agree that he deserves to be heard. He should be uncanceled.”

His perspective is in opposition to establishment Republicans in Washington, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. After voting to acquit him in the second impeachment trial, McConnell blasted Trump for his accusations of vote fraud and blamed him for the January riot at the Capitol.

Last year at CPAC, Trump delivered a 90-minute speech that served as a victory lap after his first impeachment acquittal. He is now the only president to be impeached twice and acquitted twice.

He reentered public life this week, reacting to McConnell’s speech. Trump called the minority leader “dour” and “sullen” and said the GOP should move on from him.

On Wednesday, Trump conducted a number of interviews regarding the death of conservative icon Rush Limbaugh.

His clash with McConnell illustrates the deep divide between the party’s Washington elite and its grass-roots base. Polls show Trump’s base still supports him and would welcome another White House campaign.

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