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. BeverlyNC

    I am so sick of Trump and his overblown ego. He is a nobody desperate for attention. Republicans want nothing to do with him and you notice this supposed rich man has not donated any money to Republicans. He has none. He is just a carnival act begging for attention to keep his boring show on TV. Anyone this ignorant on the birther issue should not get ANY media attention. Is there not enough hate being spread by Repubilcans as it is?

    August 10, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    Howard – Please stay within the confines of your delusional, alternate reality. Nobody here wants to clean up your drool.

    August 10, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. NFLD thought

    I got it: he is actually going to show up somewhere and not say anything;
    That would be MEMORABLE.......

    August 10, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Donkey Party
    Howard – Please stay within the confines of your delusional, alternate reality. Nobody here wants to clean up your drool.
    =====================================================================================
    The usual fact filled informational leftist response....

    August 10, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. cindy

    One can no longer respect the Republican Party.They cheat and lie and they have stooped so low that they have to look up at the bottom of their feet.They are setting a terrible example for our young people,they are saying that it is alright to lie and cheat to get what you want out of life.I think that this creates bulllying ,dishonesty and crooks. We are a sad nation.

    August 10, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. sqeptiq

    The fact that Trump is being given an award as "Statesman of the Year" is a real double nadir for the republicans: First, it is evidence of how far down their notion of statesman has sunk; and second, it is evidence how few people of quality the Republican party can find.

    August 10, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. cusious

    What's new? Once a carnival barker, always a carnival barker.

    August 10, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Rawmoney, 2012

    "when Obama and the main stream media keep telling you everything is getting better ... oh that's right, you believes what Obama tells you over your own eyes and ears. Conclusion ... you deserve to be lied to "

    ....................................

    Main stream media.... well better that than the "Bainstream Media". Or did you know that Mitt Romney had his buddies at Bain buy up all right wing radio stations and programs before his original 2008 bid. Bain owns–or rather half-owns–all of these and is thus the boss of Hannity, Rush, Beck, etc. So not only did Mitt's friends buy his election in the primary, they also told you what to think, just as they are now.

    You've been bainwashed and you don't even realize it or perhaps even care.

    I bet the guys over at foxnews and the bainstream media never talk about this stuff.

    August 10, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. ART

    Alot of people here seem to be suffering from what I call Republican amnesia. They tend to forget that obama is the one who pulled us out of the depths of the abyss.

    August 10, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. WhereIsPalin

    "I was asked to speak at the RNC but said no, because I will be doing something much bigger–just watch!"

    One thing bigger than him speaking, would be taking orders and serving beverages.

    August 10, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. kayla

    send in the clown, literally

    August 10, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. sqeptiq

    Trump is going to run an "apprentice" type show to pick the next VP candidate, live on stage. When he fires the last guy we will know who the VP candidate is.

    August 10, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"Mr. Trump's role will occur at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (site of the convention),◄

    LMAO – Another one OUT of SITE and OUT of MIND – just like the GRINCH!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 10, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. T'sah From Virginia

    oops, meant "sight" not "site.

    August 10, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Ted McDonough

    This " Bloviating idiot" really is showing what a disgusting human being he is. The fact that Romney has decided to use him to spew this coded hate at this point of the campaign shows how desperate and pathetic he has become.

    August 10, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Missy

    Now, now be nice everybody. Who knows! The Donald may really surprise everybody!
    :))))))))))))))))))))))

    August 10, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Missy

    The Donald may really surprise everybody!
    :))))))))))))))))))

    August 10, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. rockysfan

    Trumps an a r s e! Nothing new or unique about that at all. this is news?

    August 10, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. CNN Right Wing Soft Pitch

    Hey CNN why dont you ask Ari Fliescher if he's enlisting his children or family for his future dreams of a war in Iran? Why dont you ask Mitt Romney why he invested in Iranian Oil companies, and why he parks his money in the same banks drug lords and war lords use? Journalistic Integrity fallen by the wayside?

    August 10, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Jim8

    Court jester?

    How badly does the GOP want to lose?

    August 10, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Pander Express

    I want some of whatever Howard is smoking.

    August 10, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Trump's new role will be TO SHOW HIS TAX RETURNS.

    August 10, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Robert

    @n

    Yeah and the proverbial fiscal cliff, as it were, is the workings of the Obstructionist loom, gloom and doom machine of the House and Senate republican leadership or lack there of. You can say that it is their home remedy of back wood manufactured corn liquor of chaos. Sorry good ole boys the jig is up. >:(
    -------------------------------
    Hmm, I thought the jig was in the white house????

    August 10, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Jim

    I'd be willing to bet that they're going to have an Obama impersonator on stage with Trump, and Trump's going to say "You're fired!"

    August 10, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Jason, NYC

    He's obviously going to "Fire" Barack Obama. They are at least smart enough not to give him a full speech.

    August 10, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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