Former President Donald Trump will be delivering the keynote speech at the Republican National Committee donor retreat on Saturday — and he won’t have to go far.
The private donor event is being held at a hotel just a few miles from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., a sign of Trump’s unyielding influence over Republican politics.
“The GOP is Trump’s party, so all Republican roads lead to Mar-a-Lago,” said Trump spokesman Jason Miller.
Several pro-Trump groups are having their own gatherings nearby, including a political action committee run by former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and a women’s group that hosted embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz on Friday.
A who’s who of Trump acolytes will also attend the confab, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the grand ballroom as he arrives for a New Year’s celebration at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on December 31, 2019. (JIM WATSON/)
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Notably absent from the roster is former Vice President Mike Pence, who angered Trump by presiding over the Jan. 6 session of Congress to confirm President Joe Biden’s election win.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — who denounced Trump at his second impeachment trial then voted to acquit him — will also be absent.
The money meeting puts a spotlight on the tight grip that Trump holds over GOP politics and fundraising.
As the 2022 midterms draw closer, the former president has made no secret of his plan to make Republican candidates in key races actively vie for his support, a process that is bolstering his control over all levels of the party.
Trump’s own Save America PAC has emerged as perhaps the biggest right-wing money operation, with roughly $85 million in the bank — far more than the mainstream Republican Congressional and Senate campaign groups.