Donald Trump to appear for first post-White House speech in CPAC

Trump to make 1st post-presidential appearance at upcoming conservative gathering in Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 15: Former President Donald Trump reacts as he is driven past supporters on February 15, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump already has a lot of ammunition with which to target Joe Biden, who has been busy the last month dismantling numerous former president's policies.

Lawmakers and attendees were forced to quarantine after last year's event following news that a person who had attended tested positive for COVID-19.

A number of top Republicans who are considered possible candidates for the party's 2024 presidential nomination are also due to speak at CPAC, including Mr Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota.

The gap between Trump and McConnell widened when the latter declared after the Senate's acquittal of the former president that Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for the Capitol siege. Rejecting Romney again this year, CPAC has instead fully embraced Trump-as have most conservative voters.

Pence, who had a falling out with Trump when he couldn't or wouldn't overturn the election on January 6 as Congress met to certify the election results.

Trump was impeached a second time on January 13, a week after the insurrection. The rally participants lined the street on President's Day to show support for him after his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.

When the Senate trial was held this month, seven GOP senators voted with all 50 members of the Democratic Caucus to convict Trump-making it the most bipartisan impeachment conviction vote in USA history. The 57-43 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for a conviction.

Trump defense lawyer Michael van der Veen said that "At no point was the president informed that the vice president was in any danger", in a statement responding to accusations to the contrary. McConnell condemned Trump's actions, suggesting that he should be prosecuted through the criminal justice system. The former president described the Kentucky Republican as "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack". The former president also now appears as the featured speaker on the conference's website. "This man has changed politics and he has changed our party". They have not spoken since, a former White House official said this week.

Newsweek reached out to CPAC's press representatives for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

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