Donald Trump will speak on February 28 at the annual Conservative Political Action Campaign (CPAC) conference in Orlando, Florida, his first public appearance since leaving the White House.
The former president will discuss future of Republican Party and the conservative movement, said a person familiar with Trump’s schedule. He’s also expected to take on President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.
Sponsored by the American Conservative Union, CPAC will feature several members of Trump’s administration, GOP lawmakers, and others, according to a posted schedule. Thousands are expected to attend.
The event was moved this year to Trump’s adopted home state from the Washington DC area, where it had been held for decades. CPAC’s recent home, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland, remains closed due to the
Former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and former Housing Secretary Ben Carson are among those listed, along with Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri.
Trump has mostly been out of the public eye for the past month, a stretch of time that included his acquittal by the US Senate of an impeachment charge.
He emerged for phone-in interviews this week on conservative networks to discuss
the death of broadcaster Rush
Limbaugh from lung cancer.
During those interviews Trump, without prompting, claims that the 2020 election had been “stolen” from him.
Biden Slams Trump’s Vaccine Record
President Joe Biden slammed Donald Trump for failing to secure enough Covid-19 shots as he toured a Michigan facility where Pfizer Inc. is manufacturing its vaccine.
“My predecessor — as my mother would say, God love him — failed to order enough vaccines,” Biden said, repeating criticism he’s made of Trump. “Failed to mobilise the effort to administer the shots. Failed to set up vaccine centers.”
In remarks delivered at the facility, Biden sought to reassure the public that the shots are safe and described efforts by his administration to increase supplies and vaccination sites. He also tried to rally support for his $1.9 trillion economic stimulus plan that he has proposed in
response to the pandemic.
He said there are variables that will affect how long the virus will plague the US but that he believes “we’ll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year. And, God willing, this Christmas will be different than last. But I can’t make that commitment to you.”
The plant, in Portage, just outside Kalamazoo in southwest Michigan, is Pfizer’s largest manufacturing facility. There, the company’s coronavirus vaccine is formulated and filled into vials before being shipped for distribution.
Biden’s visit was just his second trip away from the East Coast since taking office last month, following a Tuesday appearance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at a CNN town hall. Last week, he toured the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, getting a first-hand look at federal research on the virus.
Since taking office, Biden has ordered an additional 100 million doses apiece of the Pfizer and Moderna Inc. vaccines, bringing the total to 600 million, which is enough for 300 million people. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines each require two doses.
The president said that Pfizer agreed to speed up shipments after Biden invoked the Defense Production Act, which enables the government to nationalize manufacturing in emergencies.
Despite the president’s criticism of Trump, Biden’s administration has made only modest changes to the previous administration’s vaccine plan. The Biden administration is invoking agreements reached under the Trump administration to expand the US supply.
The Trump administration last year purchased 200 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine and obtained options for another 400 million. Trump’s team also secured 200 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine, with options for 300 million more.