One supply mentioned organizers nonetheless hope to change Pence’s thoughts about attending, whereas one other supply mentioned Pence is planning to keep beneath the radar for the next six months. Politico first reported that Pence declined the invitation.
“We accept Joe Biden is the duly elected president of the United States,” former Pence chief of workers Marc Short instructed CNN’s Pamela Brown on “Newsroom” Saturday night, regardless of Pence taking part in a job in perpetuating baseless election fraud theories that Trump repeatedly pushed forward of the assault on the Capitol.
Unlike Trump, Pence attended Biden’s inauguration in Washington, DC, final month — after skipping Trump’s farewell ceremony.
Short mentioned Saturday that Trump and Pence “departed amicably” and that they’ve spoken since.
The supply acquainted with Trump’s plans to attend CPAC, who can be acquainted with the previous President’s speech, instructed CNN on Saturday that “he’ll be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.”
“Also look for the 45th President to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” the supply added.
One of Trump’s marketing campaign managers, Brad Parscale, met with the previous President at his membership in Mar-a-Lago this week for a prolonged assembly, in accordance to a supply acquainted. Utah Sen. Mike Lee is holding a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago Saturday evening, in accordance to one other supply acquainted, a possible signal of extra visits to come.
The simmering feud between Trump and McConnell has escalated in current days, elevating questions on whether or not the 2 can ever work collectively for the way forward for the GOP.
But McCarthy leads a convention the place a majority of members are strongly supportive of Trump — not like Senate Republicans, who’re cut up over the previous President and the place some prime leaders are keen to transfer previous him and focus as a substitute on uniting the social gathering round concepts, not an individual.
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CNN’s Dana Bash, Kaitlan Collins and Manu Raju contributed to this report.