Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week

Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE will address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday for the second year in a row, according to an agenda released on Monday.

Vice President Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosFree college won't revive the liberal arts Klobuchar rolls out seven-figure ad buy in Nevada Five things to watch in Trump's budget proposal MORE, Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryTop National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role Overnight Energy: Green groups to sue over Trump rollback of Obama water rules | GOP climate plan faces pushback from right | Bezos launches B climate initiative Rick Perry to rejoin dental insurance company as chief strategy officer MORE, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeInternational hunting council disbands amid litigation Europe deepens energy dependence on Russia Overnight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks MORE and Fox News host Sean Hannity are also slated to speak this week at the conservative event, which kicks off Wednesday at the National Harbor complex in Maryland.

Thousands of conservatives are expected to descend on the region for CPAC’s annual convention, which is widely regarded as the Super Bowl of conservative politics.

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Trump was greeted with chants of his name and “USA” during a triumphant appearance last year by the president, who bashed the media repeatedly and promised to toss immigrants in the U.S. illegally out of the country.

That appearance was a bit of a turnaround for Trump, who hasn’t always been a CPAC favorite.

Trump's uneasy relationship with the CPAC faithful was illustrated in 2016 when he pulled out of a planned appearance at the conference amid backlash from some conservatives, even though he was leading the GOP primaries.

Attendees voted for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDemocrats: It's Trump's world, and we're just living in it On The Trail: Bernie Sanders and the paradox of choice Pompeo to speak to influential conservative group in Iowa MORE (R-Texas), who is also slated to attend the conference this year, as their favorite 2016 presidential candidate in CPAC's closely watched straw poll.

Also scheduled to speak at CPAC this week are White House counsel Don McGahn, former Sheriff David Clarke and French conservative leader Marion Maréchal-Le Pen.