President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, at 10:20 a.m. ET on Friday morning in National Harbor, Maryland.
On Thursday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon mocked the media for how it “portrayed the campaign, how they portrayed the transition and now they’re portraying the administration,” saying, “it’s “always wrong,” when speaking at the conference.
It will be interesting to see if Trump, who has a history of echoing Bannon’s talking points, criticizes the media during his appearance in front of conservative leaders.
Trump confirmed his scheduled appearance via Twitter on Friday morning.
Going to CPAC!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017
Trump has been a crowd favorite at several CPAC events in the past but didn’t appear in 2016. He skipped the event when the then-candidate issued a statement that he has other obligations and “because of this, he will not be able to speak at CPAC, as he has done for many consecutive years.“
CPAC, which is hosted by the American Conservative Union, has been a must-attend event for conservative power players for decades and it was major news when candidate Trump skipped the event last year. His other obligations turned out to be a Kansas-caucus event and a Florida campaign rally. It appears his team made the right call and the American Conservative Union is welcoming back now-President Trump with open arms.
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