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Mike Pence has turned down an invitation from the American Conservative Union to attend this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Fox News revealed Sunday.
Pence was asked to speak again this year at the massive annual gathering of conservatives, but he snubbed the invitation, a source familiar with CPAC’s planning told Fox.
Donald Trump, however, will be in attendance next weekend as he is scheduled to close out the event on Sunday with his first major public appearance since leaving office. CPAC will kick off in Orlando, Florida on Thursday.
Members of Pence's team had said the former vice president is still harboring "bitterness" toward Trump after the January 6 riot at the Capitol building – where the then-president insisted Pence could overturn the election results.
Earlier this month, Pence aides revealed to Fox that Pence felt betrayed by Trump when he didn’t call off the mob that descended on the Capitol where Pence was presiding over the joint session to certify the electron for Joe Biden.
Former Pence chief of staff Marc Short told Fox on Friday that Pence and Trump still speak.
Donald Trump will preview his vision for the future of the GOP during his keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference next weekend.
'I think what you're going to hear President Trump talk about next Sunday on the 28th is the future of the Republican Party and the number of lessons that we learned in 2020, where we saw President Trump bring in a record amount of African American voters, Latino American voters on the GOP side, bigger numbers than we've seen in modern Republican presidential history,' Trump's senior adviser Jason Miller told Newsmax on Saturday.
He continued: 'We have to keep these voters engaged in the party.'
Miller confirmed to Newsmax that Trump, during his speech, would share his views on the 'America First' agenda and what he feels the GOP can do to garner more wins in 2022 and 2024 – including winning majorities in the House and Senate.
Trump is expected during his remarks to take on Biden's "disastrous amnesty and border policies," a source familiar with the speech told Fox.
A spokesperson for CPAC confirmed Saturday that Trump would be the keynote speaker at the massive conservative conference. The former president also now appears as the featured speaker on the conference's website.
The annual gathering is usually held at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland – a nearby suburb of Washington D. C. But this year it was moved to Orlando, Florida in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump's speech on February 28, the last day of CPAC, will be his first time addressing his supporters or appearing in public at all since leaving the White House on January 20.
His appearance also comes two weeks after his second impeachment acquittal in the Senate.
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