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Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat

Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat
© Greg Nash

Former President Trump will attend a private spring donor retreat hosted by the Republican National Committee (RNC) in April, the latest confirmed appearance as he plots his comeback in GOP politics.

A Republican familiar with the matter confirmed to The Hill that Trump will attend the retreat, which will take place in Palm Beach, near the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort, from April 9-11. His attendance was first reported by Politico.

Trump has laid relatively low since last month when he left the White House and was permanently suspended from Twitter following the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. He broke his silence last week, releasing a statement slamming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Klain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' How to pass legislation in the Senate without eliminating the filibuster MORE (R-Ky.) and going on Fox News and other friendly outlets to commemorate conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh after his death.

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The former president is expected to be heavily involved in the 2022 midterms. He’s already met with high-profile lawmakers including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWatch live: McCarthy holds press briefing Biden vows to work with Congress to 'refine' voting rights bill House passes voting rights and elections reform bill MORE (R-Calif.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief House Democratic leaders back Shalanda Young for OMB after Tanden withdrawal MORE (R-S.C.) to plot out a strategy for next year’s races. 

"He’s very involved in helping the team win," Graham said after his meeting. 

In his statement ripping McConnell, Trump indicated he will support candidates who back his agenda — including primary challengers to sitting Republicans. 

"Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership," Trump wrote.

Trump’s public reemergence will officially kick off later this month when he gives a speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla.

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Two sources familiar with the matter told The Hill that Trump will be speaking about the future of the GOP and the conservative movement. He’s also expected to take aim at President BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE’s immigration platform, specifically his “disastrous amnesty and border policies.”

Both CPAC and the RNC’s donor retreat are considered mandatory stops for future presidential candidates, and Trump has not ruled out running again in 2024. Besides Trump, other potential GOP 2024 contenders slated to speak at CPAC include Govs. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemTrump talking to allies about 2024 run without Pence: report As Trump steps back in the spotlight, will Cuomo exit stage left? DeSantis's rising GOP profile fuels 2024 talk MORE of South Dakota and Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisTop Florida Democrat calls on FBI to investigate DeSantis over vaccine distribution Rick Scott caught in middle of opposing GOP factions Florida Keys enclave, home to political donors, received COVID-19 vaccine as rest of state struggled MORE of Florida, former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo not ruling out 2024 White House bid Houthis: US sanctions prolonging war in Yemen China plays the Trump card, but Biden is not buying it MORE and Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCrenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington on high alert as QAnon theory marks March 4 MORE (Texas), Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyCrenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Memo: Is Trump mounting a comeback — or finally fading? MORE (Mo.), Rick Scott (Fla.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonRepublicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks MORE (Ark.).

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries RNC chair on censures of pro-impeachment Republicans: 'Overwhelmingly, our party agrees with each other' MORE has vowed the GOP will remain neutral in a 2024 primary battle.

Trump’s upcoming appearances come amid an internal reckoning within the GOP over the role the former president should play in the party moving forward. While Trump remains wildly popular with the Republican Party base, lawmakers in Congress and across the country have begun distancing themselves from him over his repeated claims that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him, among other remarks, which critics say fueled the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

"He's going to have a voice ... as former presidents do. But there's many voices in the party," Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonWhy do we still punish crack and powder cocaine offenses differently? Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB MORE (R) said last weekend, adding he would not support Trump should he run in 2024. "He should not define our future. We have got to define it for ourself."