Trump: Palin won't be at convention because Alaska is a 'long ways away'
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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin won't attend the Republican National Convention in Ohio next week because her state is too far away, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE said Thursday. 

"She was asked. It's a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it's a long ways away," Trump said in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

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Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, is one of Trump's staunchest defenders and supporters. But her name was noticeably absent from a list of convention speakers.

Palin, who lives in Alaska, endorsed Trump in January for the Republican nomination. 

Palin also didn't speak at the 2012 convention and didn't endorse that year's GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, until one day before the election. 

Among those who do plan to speak at the convention are former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.