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. Jesus Christ Superstar

    Aww. Trumpy is feeling left out, so he creates news about himself so he feels important. I forgot, what good does Donald Trump do for the right? Oh yeah, he supplies MONEY, MONEY, AND MORE MONEY, because if you don't have money, the GOP doesn't care about you.

    August 10, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. works for me

    I can imagine it will be something as stupid as his show with, in all of his arrogance, proclaiming something like "President Obama, you're fired" Too bad as he should be addressing this to Romney.
    OBAMA 2012

    August 10, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. RandyKC

    Bush/Cheney are out, Trump is in. What does this say about the current state of the GOP.

    August 10, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. sayer

    Out pops another clown from the GOP circus car!

    August 10, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Matt

    I hear The Donald will be in charge of filling all the balloons with hot air.

    August 10, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Chuk

    Yeah, as the clown he is.

    August 10, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Pander Bear

    Trump will be handing out balloons in the lobby, wearing a red nose and big floppy shoes. He's the Lead Clown in the GOP circus.

    August 10, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    @RandyKC: "Bush/Cheney are out, Trump is in. What does this say about the current state of the GOP."

    The natural progression of a party fueled by greed and arrogance, clinging to policies that are PROVEN FAILURES.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 10, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. cali girl

    That picture makes me think that Trump is about to put his hand on someone and yell, "You are healed!!".

    August 10, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Memorable when he brings his birhter buddies, Gin-blossom nose Sheriff Joe from AZ and the queen birther herself, Orly Taintz. Whoever approved this self-promoting buffon's appearance should be fired

    August 10, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Whatever Trumpster does, they should preface it with a clip from the 2011 Correspondence Dinner when President Obama ripped him a new one – while the raid that took out Bin Laden was underway.

    August 10, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. SPQR

    That is great to hear.

    Donald Trump will be to Mitt Romeny

    what Sarah Pallin was to John McCain.

    August 10, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    During the 2008 GOP Convention, it was Rudy Juliani poking at candidate Obama and calling him a community organizer. Well, this time around, I could just imagine Trump asking President Obama to show his birth certificate once more. And to believe that Trump's mother was born in Scotland and his father in Nazi Germany. Hey Trump, mind to your your certificate of live birth please?

    August 10, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. ron

    Won't someone P-L-E-A-S-E, FIRE this guy!

    August 10, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. John

    If trump would either cut off that ridiculous hair or let it go naturally gray, that would be memorable, otherwise none of his long standing positions, such as the birther issue will be memorable.

    August 10, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Jules

    GOP convention = the clown bus pulling up to the curb. Wouldn't it be cool if there were a lot of clowns at the convention site? That would be so awesome!

    August 10, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Mittens Rmoney

    Someone has to drive the clown car.

    August 10, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Pedro4Prez

    An anonymous source said that Ron Paul is going announce over the mic, "You're Fired!" And The Donald is going to be fired out of a cannon, and shoot straight up Mitt's arse, with the momentum taking them both out of the building.

    August 10, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. big whoop...

    he's going to look into the camera & say "Barack Obama, yoah fiyahed" – so flipping what?

    August 10, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. bagladey

    "...memorable for all those in attendance at the convention and those watching around country." Is he going to appear without the clownish combover? Just look at his hair in the header – it's even providing his face with shade.

    August 10, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. commonsense

    Wow, giving Trump a role at the convention, the Republicans are toast!!

    August 10, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Donald Trump will be to Mitt Romeny what Sarah Pallin was to John McCain"

    Great thing about that is Mitt Romney hasn't a clue that Trump is playing him for a fool.

    August 10, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Yoshi Togukawa

    He is going to open the Convention by imitating Elvis. It will indeed be unforgettable and everybody will say once he is finished "Elvis has left the building"

    August 10, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. sayer

    Another one that still needs to release his tax returns. Mitt and Donald, we haven't forgotten you still owe "us people" those.

    August 10, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Laurie in Spokane

    The unique role Trump the Chump will play is to just make it that much easier for Obama to win re-election. Trump has money – lots of it – and that's all the Republicans want. It's so obvious – what else does he offer? Weeelllllll, I guess he offers insight into the elitist thinking of the republicans........

    August 10, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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