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Republican National Committee to hold part of donor retreat at Mar-a-Lago

Republican National Committee to hold part of donor retreat at Mar-a-Lago
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) will hold part of its spring donors retreat next month at former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE’s Mar-a-Lago club. 

The retreat, which is scheduled to run from April 9 to 11, is expected to draw some of the GOP’s biggest donors to Palm Beach, Fla., and will feature a speech by Trump, who continues to retain his grip on the party.

Most of the gathering will take place at a nearby luxury hotel. But the RNC plans to hold a Saturday evening dinner at Mar-a-Lago to accommodate Trump. 

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The plan to hold a portion of the donors retreat at Trump’s private club was first reported on Monday by The Washington Post. A person familiar with the plans confirmed the move to The Hill. 

A spokesperson for the RNC did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment. 

The planned Saturday dinner event at Mar-a-Lago isn’t out of the ordinary for the RNC. The party regularly held its donors retreat in Palm Beach during Trump’s presidency, with some events at Mar-a-Lago. 

Trump has begun taking on a more active role in Republican politics in recent weeks after a brief quiet period following his departure from office and from Washington, and has publicly floated a potential 2024 presidential bid.

But the donors retreat next month is also expected to draw a handful of prospective White House hopefuls from the GOP party, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOvernight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections DeSantis to hold Newsmax town hall DeSantis signs bill banning gun regulations by local governments MORE, South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemMontana governor approves restrictions on transgender athletes in schools The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Noem takes pledge to restore 'patriotic education' in schools MORE and former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Dozens of scientists call for deeper investigation into origins of COVID-19, including the lab theory MORE.

The RNC’s decision to move a portion of its donors retreat to Trump’s private club comes after lawyers for the former president sent a cease-and-desist letter to the RNC, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) demanding that the groups stop using Trump’s name and likeness in their fundraising appeals.

The RNC dismissed those demands on Monday, arguing in a letter to the top lawyer for Trump’s leadership PAC Save America that the party has “a right to refer to public figures as it engages in core, First Amendment-protected political speech, and it will continue to do so in pursuit of these common goals.”