The Republican National Committee (RNC) is planning to invite former President Donald Trump to speak to its members at an upcoming spring meeting.
According to a report from POLITICO who is familiar with the preparation of the RNC, Trump if he accepts the invitation to speak would join other potential 2024 presidential candidates and GOP leaders in April for the 3-day event. The spring meeting is planned for the first week of April, but it is unknown where in Palm Beach the April donor retreat will take place.
A Trump spokesperson did not respond to an inquiry about whether Trump would attend the RNC meeting. Trump has been staying at his Mar-a-Lago resort since leaving the White House and has yet to make any public appearance.
During the RNC’s annual winter meeting that took place a day after the Capitol riots earlier this month, Trump was previously invited but did not end up making an appearance in-person at the event. However, Trump did call into the members-only breakfast where he was greeted with cheers when placed on speakerphone.
“We love you!” some in the room yelled when the president spoke.
With rumors continues to swirl of a Trump 2024 comeback, the committee will be impartial and remain neutral if roughly a dozen potential 2024 presidential candidates mull a GOP presidential primary. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel reiterated the party’s openness to a primary battle, telling the Associated Press this week that “the party has to stay neutral.”
“The party has to stay neutral. I’m not telling anybody to run or not to run in 2024,” McDaniel told The Associated Press when asked whether she wanted to see Trump run again in 2024. “That’s going to be up to those candidates going forward. What I really do want to see him do, though, is help us win back majorities in 2022.”
On Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) met with Trump where both discussed their top agenda item in taking back the House come 2022.
“Today, President Trump committed to helping elect Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022,” McCarthy said. “A Republican majority will listen to our fellow Americans and solve the challenges facing our nation. Democrats, on the other hand, have only put forward an agenda that divides us — such as impeaching a President who is now a private citizen and destroying blue-collar energy jobs. For the sake of our country, the radical Democrat agenda must be stopped.”