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Donald Trump has big plans next week when he speaks at the Conservative Public Action Conference.
According to people close to Trump, he will continue to push for his vision of the future for the Republican Party backing up his earlier claim to mount primary challengers where needed.
“Look for the 45th president to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” a source said.
Trump, according to sources, will vow to continue to lead conservatives in the fight against Biden and the Dems.
Former President Trump will speak at next week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) conference in Florida, his first public appearance since leaving office, a source with direct knowledge tells Axios.
What we’re hearing: Trump plans to directly attack President Biden’s new immigration plan and will talk about the future of the Republican Party, a source familiar with his speech said.
The former president will criticize what he’ll argue is the Biden administration’s “disastrous” amnesty and border policies, and vow to remain a key leader in the conservative movement to fight against Biden.
Trump’s aides have been weighing where and how to have him emerge. But his 21st century political career essentially began at CPAC in 2011.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 20, 2021
On its website, CPAC said:
Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, setting the standards of excellence in his business endeavors, and now, for the United States of America.
A graduate of the Wharton School of Finance, President Trump has always dreamed big and pushed the boundaries of what is possible his entire career, devoting his life to building business, jobs and the American Dream. This was brought to life by a movement he inspired in the people of America when he announced his candidacy for President of the United States in June 2015.
It appears that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was not invited.
Trump and McConnell exchanged blistering statements last week following his vote to acquit the president in his impeachment trial.
“A mob was assaulting the Capitol in his name…He was the only one [who could end it.]…The president did not act swiftly, he did not do his job…he watched television happily, happily as the chaos unfolded,” McConnell said.
“They did this because they’d been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth because he was angry he lost an election,” he said. “President Trump is practically and morally responsible.”
“It was obvious that only President Trump could end this … The president did not act swiftly. He did not do his job. He didn’t take steps so federal law could be faithfully executed and order restored,” McConnell said in his takedown of the former president.
“Trump is still liable for everything he did while he’s in office. He didn’t get away with anything yet,” he said as he said that the former president could be criminally prosecuted.
The former president immediately hit back at McConnell, calling him “dour” and “sullen.”
“The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” he said.
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country,” Trump said.
“Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership,” he said.