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. Steven T.

    Trump is the biggest fanny on planet earth. These republicans love to scape the bottom of the barrel.

    August 10, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. musician

    I plan on doing something constructive during the Republican Convention. Anything. Maybe clean up the basement or the garage. I know the whole thing would be very, very depressing to actually watch. Let me know when it`s over.

    August 10, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Kenny K

    Actually, we want to see both 20 years of tax returns and birth certificate from those who have not yet released them.

    August 10, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Canuck Observer

    Charlatans, crooks, and con artists are gravitating to the Romney team.

    August 10, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Johnathan

    Is the republican Loser Palloza gonna have sideshow tents? If so, he'll get the nice one. That's probably the big announcement.

    August 10, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Karl Jonas

    Gingrich will be holding "policy seminars" and Trump will be doing something "really big." Wow... just wow!

    August 10, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Lando

    He can only do two important acts at the convention....reveal that he will file bankruptcy again and remove this toupee...

    August 10, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. M-W-T

    trump is an ass!! Romney is THE WORST REPUBLICAN IN THE COUNTRY......for POTUS
    I wouldn't TRUST either one of them, they're both liars
    Mitt thinks he's some kind of "PROPHET",.......and the White House is where he's supposed to be......
    Both of these guys are NUTS, especially trump.
    Wouldn't you just love to bi*ch-slap either one of them

    August 10, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. M-W-T

    Just one time and me, in the back yard,....Man to coward!!!!

    August 10, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Bill, NY

    With people like Romney and Trump running the show I can only say:GRAB YOUR ANKLES!!!

    August 10, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Missy

    The Donald being at the convention is the only way anybody will even watch it.

    August 10, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Scott

    It's always about him, Trump promoting Trump.
    Mock Apprentice bit where he fires Obama and hires Romney.
    Just has to be.

    August 10, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Observant Historian

    "Yes, we know all too painfully that Obama's disastrous record of unemployment is only bested by another Democrat, FDR. For long term nightmares, the country can always thank the Democrats."

    Just because the Republican do, are we all supposed to forget whose economic policies created the economic messes that Roosevelt and Obama have faced? Are we supposed to forget that then, just a now, the Republicans blocked every attempt to fix the economy, by making the idiotic argument that the only policies that can save us are the same Republican policies that created the mess? Are we all supposed to forget that these same people supported eight years of the Bush administration consistently losing jobs? Or that they supported financing two wars – one of which was trumped up with what the Republicans knew to false as they were claiming it – off the books? Are we supposed to forget that billions of dollars disappeared, unaccounted for, into the pockets of non-bid contractors who were directly tied to the administration? Are we supposed to forget that these Republicans are so desperate to destroy Obama that they even opposed policy proposals that they themselves initially favored? Throughout history, "conservatives" have been the millstone around the neck of humanity.

    August 10, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    SOUTHERN HOTTIE – Seriously, dude. Get help.
    Just can't find good help any more Pottie... No one wants to work anymore. Very hard to compete with the government welfare gravy train.

    August 10, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. SafeJourney

    Thats right repubs, bring back the clowns from the candidates debates. Trump is the biggest clown of them all. Repubs, you better get rid of these extremist before they completely destroy the GOP party

    August 10, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. mike.s

    Who cares? Trump is an egotistic, self-promoting nutcase. He's not even good at the one thing that's his job – real estate, where he's simply abuses the law with serial bankruptcies.

    August 10, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. fatlip

    trump?!? he's skeezier than romney!

    August 10, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Joseph B

    A memorable event would be Trump shaving his head. Truly memorable!

    August 10, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Pastorspet

    Trump is nothing more than a raving lunatic!

    August 10, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. some guy in New Hampshire

    Maybe Trump can tell Mitt Romney, "You're fired."

    August 10, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Joshua Ludd

    Maybe he can finally let us all in on the "interesting" things he found out about Obama's birth certificate.. like.. you know.. that its American.

    Allying themselves with this self-absorbed, crooked crackpot will only hurt the GOP.

    August 10, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. snoozie

    Oh my gosh! What could Donald's announcement beeeeeeeeeeeee????? I await with bated breath. I won't sleep now until I hear what it is!!!!! Oh, Donald, why do yo DO this to me?????? Do tell, do tell!!!

    August 10, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Grady

    two words – "comic relief"

    August 10, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Iconoclast

    Trump's sole purpose at the convention is to be a bigger clown than Romney so the delegates will be distracted from the Mitt issues. He will be "absolutely huge" I'm telling you, "absolutely huge:. Heard also that Ted Nugent turned down the part, he's still pretty occupied with the Secret Service and IRS agents going through all his records(paper kind) and last thirty years activity.

    August 10, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Jimmy

    I Why not Trump for VP. Trump and Palin have been running off at the mouth for 3 years, and suddenly come election time, and you don’t hear anything from them. Could it be that they may embarrass the GOP??? Well at least Trump got invited to the GOP Circus Convention. Sarah must be too busy watching Russia from her porch. FOX News did report that Sarah got new glasses though. How exciting for the GOP. Too bad she won’t be able to show them off at the Circus. I wonder if Trump will ask to see Mitt’s Taxes or is a Birth Certificate the only thing that interests him? God what a joke these people have become.

    August 10, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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