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

    Anything TRUMPY does is memorable. He's the greatest American that ever lived. Just ask him

    August 10, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Mike in Texas

    Maybe he will "fire" Mitt Romney.

    August 10, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Geraldo Rivera had a memorable night discovering Al Capone's hidden vault.
    Roseanne Barr had a memorable night singing the national anthem at a baseball game.
    Rick Perry had a memorable debate performance naming 3 federal agencies he would shut down.
    Sarah Palin had a couple of memorable interviews with Katie Couric.
    Donald and his rug had a memorable night getting roasted in person by our President the night OBL met his fate. Here's to the chump having another memorable night...

    August 10, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Feed the greed

    Snake oil, anyone?

    August 10, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Bill

    What is going to do? Set up up a booth and give a seminar on hairstyling tips? The GOP relly has sunk to the bottom when clowns like Trump have any role in the convention or party.

    August 10, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Move over Cirque du Soleil...

    August 10, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Chipster

    Trump must bel making a personal appearance on "Slime Night.' So be sure to watch if you feel the need to puke. This man is proof that no amount of money can buy "class."

    August 10, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Manny in Cali

    His role will be as GOP rodeo clown. He will distract the GOP bull when it throws off a rider.

    August 10, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Wes B.

    Oh thank you!!

    ~All Democrats!

    August 10, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. Donald Trump – GOP Carnival Barker Extraordinaire.
    Desperate times calling for desperate people to keep the carnival going full speed ahead.

    August 10, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Canuck

    I wonder if the Republican Party really likes what it has become?

    August 10, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Mikey

    The birther will show us what a joke the GOP has become.

    August 10, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. livingston

    Ahhh yes Trump. He is a legend in his own mind. I wouldn't brag about him showing up considering he lowers the IQ of everyone just by entering the room. It seems that the Republicans no longer understand when they should be ashamed of someones support.

    August 10, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. shadysider

    So a birther will have a 'memorable' place in the Republican Convention, huh? They've certainly gone downhill.

    HUntsman may be the only legit candidate they have left and he can't get 1% of the vote in a Republican primary.

    August 10, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Conscientia

    Romney-Trump in 2012!

    August 10, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. WiredWeirdinSF

    I am sure the liberally based media and the corrupt Obama regime will blame Trump acting in concert with the Bush Administration for the high gas prices, high food priece, fading employment and out of control spending, the stimulus, the TARP and will probably have an ad out soon claiming Trump killed someones wife.

    August 10, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Not the same as asking for tax returns

    August 10, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Be Sane

    What a circus the Republian party has become.

    August 10, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. GI Joe

    We know – he was voted statesman by a bunch of die-hard wingers with alzheimers. It's Florida, folks, where the pastime is listening to people's arteries harden.

    August 10, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. dizzylucy

    Every carnival needs a barker.

    In all seriousness, having him there does not impress anyone, and in fact makes the GOP look pretty foolish. He's a joke.
    Also don't get the comparison between the birth certificate and tax returns, but if you wan to compare...Obama did release all his birth certificate records, so shouldn't Romney do the same with his taxes? If they're both distractions, the way one ended was to put all the info out there. The longer Romney stalls, the more it looks like he's hiding.

    August 10, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Keith

    What a good way to sink the GOPers. I Love it!

    August 10, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Ron

    Tax returns merely a distraction he says? What a colossal idiot Priebus is. What fool would vote for someone who refuses to show his tax returns out of fear. Get a clue, people!

    August 10, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. cynthia

    Why doesnt some just come out and challange this media seeking egotist – is he not bright enough to realize that candidates running for high office are vetted – And if there had been the slightest chance to prove our President not being able to run for the offie – wouldnt those seeking the widely contested nomination in 08 have used any like a birthing issue – get a life Trump.....

    August 10, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. timothy

    King of the Birthers!

    August 10, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Babyboomer

    Talk about a real circus. Romney is the ring master and Trump is the side show freak...

    August 10, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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