Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week

Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' 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.

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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 CruzGOP candidate scores upset win in Texas state Senate runoff McConnell tamps down any talk of Kavanaugh withdrawal Cornyn takes on O'Rourke over AR-15s 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.