The bulk of the RNC’s spring retreat was a 10-minute drive to the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, south of the Trump Club. There, about 360 donors mingled poolside with Republican officials at a beachfront hotel, including chairman Rona McDaniel and co-chair Tommy Hicks. But on Saturday night, guests were stopped on the road to Mar-a-Lago, where Trump addressed the retreat behind closed doors.
The former president, according to a person close to him, promised his commitment to help the Republican Party win prominence in the House and Senate in 2022. According to prepared comments received by CNN, “And then, in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House,” Trump would say.
Trump attacked a populist message to align the party with his grassroots and used the term “Beltway Elite” against him. He also, according to this person, fought hard against President Joe Biden.
According to the prepared comments, Trump says, “With this unpopular agenda, it’s no surprise that Joe Biden is the first new president of Congress in modern times.”
With the party completely out of power in Washington for the first time in four years, GOP charities were eager to hear from leaders about how Republicans could win back the House and Senate in 2022 and the White House in 2024. But how Trump will play a bigger role and he should play in the looms of the GOP future.
For former presidential boosters, the weekend is another clear example that the party remains loyal to Trump.
A senior adviser to Trump, Jason Miller, said ahead of the comment, “Saturday’s speech will be welcome for Republican donors going to Mar-a-Lago to hear directly from President Trump.” “Palm Beach is the new political power center, and President Trump is the Republican Party’s best envoy.”
Trump dominated the retreat before his headliner event on Saturday. He may again run for the presidency in 2024, a difficult reality for Republicans who are considering bids and trying to bring relations with political beneficiaries to court.
While the Palm Beach location was a concession of convenience for Trump, the presence of other Republican White House optimists is intended to signal the RNC’s 2024 primary policy of neutrality.
Potential candidates include three of Florida’s top elected officials: Gov. Ron DeSantis and Censor. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott. South Dakota Village. Christie Noam and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, both of whom may also run for president, also spoke at the retreat.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is taking steps suggesting running the White House, was scheduled to appear but it did not.
Most of the donors at the retreat were both hardcore Trump backers – one was seen donning a blue “Make America Great Again” ballcap on the Four Seasons pool deck on Friday – and the faithful Republicans were looking to build the party.
The effort is more complicated for the larger number of GOP donors who are not enamored with Trump, but want to help bring the party back to power in Washington.
“Nobody knows what Trump’s impact will be in 2022 or 2024. He has promised a primary (Republicans who don’t support him), so don’t want to risk a significant number of them,” Fred Zedman said , A Republican donor from Texas who was not in Palm Beach. Fearing to isolate Trump supporters, he has not made a statement about not running in 2024, so it limits what one can do now. ”
The special guest list for the closed-press retreat, obtained by CNN, featured a slate of speakers in Trump’s camp of the Republican Party, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, and. Former Trump White House aide Kallian Conway.
Also cheering with donors were former Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf and two rivals for the GOP nomination for the US Senate in Ohio – Jane Timken and Josh Mandell, both of whom are touching the credibility of their supporters Trump.
This story has been updated with Trump’s prepared comments.
Jamie Gangel of CNN contributed to this report.