Trump will have 'memorable' role at GOP convention, aide says
August 10th, 2012
09:29 AM ET
2 years ago

Trump will have 'memorable' role at GOP convention, aide says

(CNN) – Donald Trump is set to get a 'unique' gig at the Republican National Convention in late August, an aide to the real estate titan confirmed on Friday.

"Mr. Trump's role will occur at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (site of the convention), though the specifics of the role are not being released at this time. The role, like Mr. Trump, is unique and will be memorable for all those in attendance at the convention and those watching around the country. Stay tuned," Executive Vice President and Special Counsel Michael Cohen told CNN.

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Late Friday morning on Twitter, Trump suggested he would be doing something other than delivering a speech at the event: "I was asked to speak at the RNC but said no, because I will be doing something much bigger–just watch!"

Trump, known as an outspoken critic of the Obama administration and a pusher of the so-called birther issue, is set to be recognized as the 2012 Statesman of the Year by the Sarasota, Florida, Republican Party one day before the GOP convention opens in Tampa later this month.

After flirting with his own presidential bid last year, Trump came out in support for Romney in February of this year. The chairman of the Republican National Committee, however, would not say whether Trump would get a special spot at the national party's major gathering.

"I don't know right now what he's going to do at the convention," Reince Priebus told CNN's John Berman on "Starting Point." "But I do know that he's important to us and that he's somebody that we appreciate, because he's telling us the truth as far as where we're at in this economy."

As for the 'birther' controversy–in which some argue President Barack Obama was not born in the United States–Priebus said he has long viewed the claims as a "distraction."

"I have been, from the very moment that I've been chairman of this party, very clear as for where I stand on that issue. It's just as much of a distraction as it is for people to ask for more and more tax returns," Priebus said, referring to demands by Obama's re-election campaign and some Republicans for Romney to release more tax documents.

The RNC committee has announced the names of several headliners this week for the upcoming convention, which include many Republican governors and other high-profile Republicans.

ABC News first reported news of Trump's role at the convention.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser, John Berman, and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. gill Bates

    As a janitor Trump will remember the piles of trash left behind.

    August 10, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Darryl

    Donald Trump ? He's just a Blow-Hard and an ego media man. I've never liked him because of that. He'll say an do anything for attention. If he's in the Media and has an opinion he's happy. Thats only for self-righteousness and promotion. He thrives on notariety and ego self-satisifaction period. " Big Blow Hard ". LOL...LOL...

    August 10, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. nicole shipley

    No and i am moderate in my comments

    August 10, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. ST

    What kind of role this another rich man is going to have at GOP convention, if not going there and say totally nonsense as he said he has sent his people to Hawaii, and we can not believe what findings they will come with! Up to now we have heard nothing. Whenever I see this man, I always shake my head. He is one rich individual with hair piece on top of his head but with no wisdom.

    August 10, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Name Not impor

    Can somebody please tell TRUMP to please sit down

    August 10, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. nicole shipley

    I am applying my First amendment

    August 10, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. nicole shipley

    no more comment,now amyway

    August 10, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. hypatia

    Every 'king' had a court jester.

    August 10, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. tony

    He's gonna buy the building and collect the rent on TV half-way through???

    August 10, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. sadcon

    There's nothing unique about the role of a clown among all clowns

    August 10, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Yeahona

    Wonder how much of a donation these guys are paying to have a "ROLE" in the convention. It is probably pretty hefty price tag that I'm sure they claim as a deduction on taxes! Gotta love the job creators – looking out for the rich guy and screwing the little guy!

    August 10, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. talldarkfree

    Poor GOP! If that sorry excuse of a "statesman" is recognized, then this really tells the story about what to expect in the upcoming weeks leading to the convention. Might as well add Rick Perry (soon to be outsted Texas govenor) to the VP stakes....makes just as much sense as adding Paul Ryan to the ticket. The convention will truly be a conclusion to the "Clown Show" that started last year.....

    August 10, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. tony

    And then they are going to demand to see the original signed copy of their lease???

    August 10, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. RDM3

    "Trump, known as an outspoken critic of the Obama administration and a pusher of the so-called birther issue, is set to be recognized as the 2012 Statesman of the Year by the Sarasota, Florida, Republican Party one day before the GOP convention opens in Tampa later this month."......So basically what they are saying is he has NO role at the actual convention, he's receiving an award at the same venue the convention will be held at. Interesting.....Way to stay relevant Chump...I mean Trump. ....

    August 10, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. ChristopherM

    They should be ashamed to have a birther on the bill, but of course, they seem to have no shame. If they did, they wouldn't still be pursuing Nixon's Southern Strategy and would make it clear that the crazed racists are no longer welcome. Maybe they're auctioning off that squirrel that lives on Trump's head to raise money for the campaign.

    August 10, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Patriot

    If nothing else, Trump's 'role' at the convention guarantees the G.O.P.'s loss of the election.

    August 10, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. MaryAngeline

    Should Romney give him a prominent role at the convention, it says alot about him. He's already shown he has no backbone, and if he has The Donald appear in an important spot, it just solidifies the fact that he truly can't stand up to anybody. Who in their right mind would want to put up with the likes of Trump at one of the most important times of his life?

    August 10, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. newtonslaw

    His role will be to represent th final nail being driven into the GOPers coffin. Charlatins and hustlers like Trump show the worst of the Party, but because he's rich Romney calls him successful, doesn't matter how they made it or who or how many people they ripped off.

    August 10, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. mike

    It really is going to be a three ring circus...clowns and all!

    August 10, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. once upon a horse

    wasn't Donald Trump quoted as saying he was "NO LONGER A REPUBLICAN"? Didn't he also say that if President Obama showed his real birth certificate he would show his tax returns? He also claimed he still had "troops on the ground in Hawaii" finding out more and more stuff about the president. Well it appears that Trump is going to the right convention then with a GOP candidate that likes to fabricate things and dance around the facts just like he does.

    August 10, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Ferret out the B.S.

    Yes just what the Repubs need to get them fired up over birther propaganda again. It's truly amazing they won't let it go no matter how many time it's proven to be inaccurate and made up, as in "figment of Trump's imagination". Maybe he should address the Mormon polygamiy issue instead, he would have more real and legitimate proof and truly a timely issue as well.

    August 10, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Tex Ann

    How do you hold up someone like Trump as an expert on the economy when this is the same man who drove how many companies into the ground & filed bankruptcy thereby leaving all the creditors hung out to dry. Perhaps you should ask some of the people who lost thousands & millions to Trumps's shady dealings just how they feel about his worthiness to play a "key" role at the GOP convention. I thought his role was class clown– but then I digress.

    August 10, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. max

    Well, well, well...Mr. Birther himself yet they want us to take this party/candidate serious. I am not that low on my ethics, morals and integrity to associate...puhleeze!!!

    August 10, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. rc

    How many want to bet he is going to tell Obama that he's fired?

    August 10, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. carly

    Nothing like a birther clown as a "unique" contributor to the GOP convention. The should inform any undecided voter where today's GOP stands.

    August 10, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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