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Trump will speak at the conservative event known as CPAC on Feb. 28, his first public appearance and lengthy address since he left the White House for a final time last month.
A senior aide to Trump confirmed that he would attend the Conservative Public Action Conference, which is being held in Orlando, Florida, this year, and that he planned to talk about the future of the Republican Party as well as President Joe Biden’s immigration policies, which have been aimed at undoing Trump’s.
What Trump plans to talk about and what he ultimately says once he is onstage often diverge, as he discards scripts that aides prepare for him.
The former president, who was permanently banned from Twitter and who is facing investigations into his businesses as well as whether he has culpability for the assault on the Capitol, has generally kept a low profile, except for giving a small round of interviews to sympathetic news outlets about the death of radio host Rush Limbaugh last week. Even though the interviews were supposed to be about Limbaugh, Trump still strayed into repeating his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
The CPAC conference is the event where, a year ago, when it was held in Washington, D.C., Trump gave a speech downplaying the threat of the novel coronavirus and insisting that his administration had the situation in hand. A New Jersey man who attended the conference tested positive for the virus, setting off a scramble by officials with the American Conservative Union, who run the conference.
Within two weeks of Trump’s speech, the pandemic was a full-blown crisis, one that ultimately engulfed his administration. The administration’s failed response to the virus was a key issue for voters in the 2020 election.
Trump’s modern political life began with a speech at CPAC in 2011.