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 John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House 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.