Former President Donald Trump will not speak at the House Republicans’ conference in Florida that starts this weekend, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.
“We don’t have any federal speakers coming talking to us in here. I look forward to the president coming back and talking to the conference, but that isn’t this one,” McCarthy, a California Republican, told reporters in a press conference on Thursday.
The GOP issues conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, from Sunday to Tuesday. Trump has been spending his time at his Mar-A-Lago resort, just a short flight away in Palm Beach.
“We don’t put out the invitation to the retreat,” McCarthy said. “The way we’re designing it is a policy retreat. … It’s not like retreats in the past where there’s federal speakers coming in. We don’t have any.”
“But I welcome the president coming and speaking,” he added.
McCarthy had a different tone than House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, who earlier this week told the Hill, when asked if Trump would attend the conference: “I haven’t invited him.”
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeaching Trump on the “incitement of insurrection” impeachment article this year.
Invitations to the Republicans’ annual retreat are sent by the Congressional Institute, a nonprofit group tasked with organizing the event. Trump previously spoke at a congressional Republican event organized by the group when he was president.
Original Author: Emily Brooks
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