Trump makes surprise stop at CPAC
February 10th, 2011
08:02 AM ET
4 years ago

Trump makes surprise stop at CPAC

Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump will speak Thursday at a major annual gathering of conservative activists that also doubles as the first major cattle call for probable contenders for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Trump will address the crowd at the Conservative Action Political Conference in the nation's capital, a representative from CPAC confirmed to CNN Thursday morning.

David Keene, CPAC's chief organizer, told CNN Trump's people reached out to organizers some time ago about a potential speech. CPAC organizers said yes, and earlier this week Trump confirmed he had time to speak at the event.

"We are happy he is going to be with us," Keene said.

Trump has been saying publicly for quite some time that he's considering a bid for the Republican nomination. He told CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King in January that he was "seriously considering" the possibility. And Wednesday night, in an appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, Trump repeated that, "I am seriously thinking about it. I won't make a decision till June, but I will make a decision and it may surprise people frankly."

"I love this country. I hate what's happened to this country. We're a laughingstock throughout the world. We're not respected," Trump added.

Trump's last minute addition brings to ten the number of potential GOP White House hopefuls who will speak to conservative activists at CPAC. The three-day conference ends Saturday with the results of a presidential straw poll.

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– CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report


Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Donald Trump
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. bob in florida

    Maybe he will fire them all. We can hope, can't we?

    February 10, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  2. Jay

    You have very little chance of winning moron. Don't let your business "success" cause you to mistakenly think you qualify to beat Obama. Could you be joining the other losers at CPAC because you want your name in the news? That you want publicity? You and all the other Republican "presidential candidates" need to seriously assess your electability in reality, not in the personal little delusional world of yours.

    February 10, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. Jay

    "I love this country. I hate what's happened to this country. We're a laughingstock throughout the world. We're not respected," Trump added.

    Yet you want to run as a candidate for the party most responsible for the mess we're currently experiencing? Shut up idiot.

    February 10, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  4. ReFascisticans

    Your celebrity will not get you elected Donald. You've ran some businesses into the ground and that doesn't look good on your resume. So here's my chance to tell you: YOU'RE FIRED!!!

    February 10, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    "I love this country. I hate what's happened to this country. We're a laughingstock throughout the world. We're not respected," Trump added.
    ---------–
    Old Comb-over must have gotten into his way-back machine to 2001-2008 to come up with this gem. If we are not respected, it's because Duh Duh Duh-bya and his cowboy diplomacy and blatent disregard for anyone but his own (and his minion's) opinions put us there

    February 10, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. ST

    As per your heading: "Trump makes surprise stop at CPAC". Does this mean he was not invited?? If not, this man looks to be very pompous. At this age, Americans are not swayed by money one has or stuff he possesses!

    February 10, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Indy

    Trump You are the laughing stock of the world because you and every Republican clown or Tea Party idiot thinks they can be POTUS. Trump sticks up for Palin and that right there makes him an idiot and a person that should never be trusted in high office.The Donald is just seeking publicity and could never handle the toughest job in the country. His entire lifestyle would be gone and he could not run his crooked business if he was POYUS. He has no clue that being POTUS is not a reality show and his tough TV character would go nowhere as President and he would be the ruin of America. He has never been a public servant and never could be and never should be.It should never be a surprise that the likes of Trump. Palin, Romney,Huck,Bachmann,Newt seek publicity to further their sales of books and TV shows but the real reality is not one of them could ever be a full time public servant with a low payscale, Trump has never had reality in his entire life, he has been fed from a silver spoon all his life

    February 10, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Seattle Sue

    Can you imagine having a President called President The Donald? That's as silly as actually having Donald Trump for President.

    February 10, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. ART

    This man is egotistical moron

    February 10, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Clwyd

    Oh God no! Same us from this mean and spiteful crook!

    February 10, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    ["I love this country. I hate what's happened to this country. We're a laughingstock throughout the world. We're not respected.”]

    We LOST that respect when BUSH was in office for eight years – We’re winning back that RESPECT under President Obama!!!!

    So I guess TRUMP is another one that wants to take HIS country back that was STOLEN from the Indians in the first place!!

    February 10, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh God Donald, you're th comeback kid, I got that. You're good at making real estate deals and such; you also have the diplomacy of a bull in a china shop, and you couldn't care less for those pulling in less than seven figures.
    Let me say it: YOU'RE FIRED!

    February 10, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Gregory

    Trump says we are not respected? What rock has he been hiding under? We are more respected now with Obama in office then we have been in a decade. He's out of his mind. He needs to take a trip to Europe or Asia and talk to people who aren't jet-setting global business freaks. Talk to the real people.

    February 10, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. AEK

    OMG! The Donald? Really? Just when you thought the extreme right wing of the Republican Party could stoop no lower! And the Christians are okay with this clown? Wow!

    February 10, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Ancient Texan

    I listened to Trump talking about how to deal with China a few weeks ago and was impressed. Presidental material? I don't know but he was advocating being tough, no nonsense with China. He wanted a 25% import tax on their products to even the playing field. He had a point; who else is going to buy their junk?

    February 10, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I love this country. I hate what's happened to this country. We're a laughingstock throughout the world. We're not respected," Trump added
    -------------------------------------------------–
    You should pen THAT missive off to the Shrub in Texas, as you have him to thank for leaving the country in such shape.
    Here's the good news though, since Obama became President this is no longer the case. We no longer have to claim to be Canadians lest someone decide to harm us while we're travelling abroad under cover of night. We can proudly claim to be Americans. Our Allies respect us and assist us versus bailing on us at the first opportunity. Nobody throws shoes at our President,the world LOVES HIM and wish he was theirs.

    The Shrub should be at home in Crawford if you decide to call him to air your legitimate gripes. He's afraid to travel outside the United States dontcha know. Pesky little problem with violating internatiional laws and such are keeping him grounded, and afraid of his own shadow!
    As a matter of fact

    February 10, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. shadysider

    How is he at CPAC? He overleveraged the banks to the point that they couldn't call him on his debt. There's nothing conservative about that strategy. Quite the opposite. Just another example that conservatives/republicans are not the super fiscally responsible images that they portray.

    February 10, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The upcoming Republican primaries are going to give comedians some of the best material they have had in decades.

    And the funny (sad) thing is that they won't have to paraphrase or interpret, they'll just have to read the lines as spoken.

    REALLY??? Donald Trump???
    I can't wait to skip the REAL "Miss U.S.A."

    February 10, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. lynn

    With the choices the GOP has come up with so far, he would be no worse. They are all retreads, same old, same old.

    February 10, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Steve

    He was excellent on Piers Morgan last night. Hit the hammer on the nail every time!

    February 10, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Granny Griper

    This guy running for president is about as goofy as sara or bristol palin running.
    He is an arrogant twit. How many times has he filed bankruptcy and he wants to lead this country lol lol

    February 10, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. San Diego

    I am glad The Donald has tossed his hat in the ring. Not that it adds anything to the GOPs contenders, it is just nice that they have so many hats. From what I can see, all of them are empty.

    February 10, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. mikemazzla

    We will see how lived he is by the conservatives when he is asked about his views on gay marriage, abortion etc.

    February 10, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. Russ

    We're definitely more respected today than we were two years ago. That statement causes me to lose some respect for Trump. Problem is I don't think he's conservative enough for most of the bible thumpers.

    February 10, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Adalbert

    This rich egomaniac will never make it.

    February 10, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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