Trump Shifts Focus to RNC Retreat in Florida

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team

 

 

Former President Donald Trump has transitioned from the courtroom drama in New York to the Republican National Committee’s spring retreat in Florida. This weekend, he is set to engage with potential vice presidential contenders and affluent donors at various events.

A highlight of the retreat is a fundraiser luncheon at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, where he aims to rally support from his wealthy backers, seeking to narrow the fundraising gap with the Biden campaign.

The gathering kicked off with a reception at the Four Seasons, featuring prominent figures like Lara Trump, Mike Johnson, and Elise Stefanik. Notable attendees include Republicans under consideration for the VP slot, such as J.D. Vance, Doug Burgum, Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, Byron Donalds, and Elise Stefanik. Additionally, high-profile guests like Rick Scott, Marsha Blackburn, and Jim Banks are expected.

Despite speculation, Trump is unlikely to announce his running mate soon. His team continues to vet potential candidates, and the decision is slated for closer to the Republican National Convention in July.

Apart from political discussions, Trump plans to attend the Miami Grand Prix, albeit without a fundraising event due to a cease-and-desist letter received by his friend Steve Witkoff.

The retreat also provides an opportunity for House Speaker Mike Johnson to reinforce his alliance with Trump amidst a potential challenge to his leadership. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s bid to remove Johnson has stirred tension within the GOP, prompting Trump to intervene indirectly through RNC chairman Michael Whatley.

Overall, the retreat serves as a crucial moment for Trump to solidify support, strategize with potential VP picks, and navigate intra-party challenges ahead of the upcoming election cycle.

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