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. n

    Yeah another shadow walker to avoid

    August 10, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |

    @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 |

    What is it with you? You don't post substantive thoughts backed with fact. Incendiary remarks, fallacies, and gibberish is funny for a little while. You're not on this blog to have an exchange; you'd rather be a troll. It's old. Grow up.

    August 10, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Larry L

    If Romney had something terrible to hide on his missing tax returns, something proving him to be a greedy, tax cheating liar, wouldn't conservatives want to know that information? Conversely, if Romney was squeaky clean and could release those returns to make Harry Reid look like a lying weasel... wouldn't conservatives want that to happen? So why would conservatives allow him to continue hiding the truth?

    August 10, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Nietodarwin

    Trump, Palin, the kind of Republicans we Democrats are truly grateful for. Their convention should be a hoot to watch, especially with the Ron Paul folks having their say.

    August 10, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. stephen l. walkinshaw

    donny, please give it up, just go to shady pines, let them take care of you. you do have your medicare card don't you?

    August 10, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. MrManhattan

    Send in the clowns ...

    There have to be clowns ....

    They're already here.

    (apologies to Stephen Sondheim)

    August 10, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. PuzzledInPeoria

    He's going to be Court Jester for King Mitt?

    August 10, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Shannon

    What does it take to embarrass a Republican, Donald Trump......really!

    August 10, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. frontgate

    Does anyone, other than the leaders of the republican party, take this fool seriously?

    August 10, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Rickirs

    Well with egomaniac Trump there goes the convention. Maybe Romney can sell hot dogs at the convention while it gets taken over by birthers and radical right political terrorists.

    August 10, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Charlie from the North

    He is going to be the MC for the GOP convention game show: "Are you smarter than Sarah Palin" or maybe he will spin a giant wheel with all of Mitt Romney's positions for various issues on it. They could call it "The Wheel of Platform".

    August 10, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Pete

    Yah,Trump will have a memorable time ,he's head waiter and door man at this years convention.Remember bozo ya got to share them tips if ya got any...No more supposid war stories ,ya ran from them like Romney ,his five sons and I can't understand how the military can stand ya and vote for a draftdodger.It'll all come out in the wash,won't it!!

    August 10, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. rs

    Doesn't the GOP hierarchy understand that by giving Mr. Trump any assignment greater than doorman utterly undercuts any sense that the GOP is a serious contender for anything? Running our great country IS NOT a try-out for a reality TV show. Mr. Trumps is emblematic for what is wrong with America, and his birther pursuits, and idiocy is what is wrong with the GOP.

    August 10, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Jeb

    I want to see the birth certificate of that thing on Trumps head.

    August 10, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. tullymd

    I wasn't going to watch til now. He'll be good for ratings. Am tired of Seinfeld reruns.

    August 10, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Your Choice America

    Democrats want your kids to grow up to be OWS squatters collecting food stamps and welfare.

    Republicans want your kids to grow up to be rich and successful, owning their own home and business.

    Who will YOU vote for in November?

    August 10, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. madness

    I love watching Trump. I wouldn't vote or buy something based on his recommendation. But definitely entertainment.

    August 10, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. rs

    -Your choice-

    You have it wrong. The Republicans want your kids to work in McDonalds, or WalMart for $ 7 an hour, with no health care, and no ability to go to college or university. Haven't you figured it out yet? They only care about the rich, and how they can make the rich richer at your expense.

    August 10, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Tonyl

    Trump should dress as a CLOWN at the convention. He wil be more comfortable in that role.

    August 10, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. IRAYD84U

    Will W and palin be at the convention hope they both get to speak.

    August 10, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. utphotog

    P.T. Barnum would have been proud. This will truly be a three ring cluster...k. My DVR will be going full time. A winter's worth of entertainment, all in one week.

    August 10, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. fandancy

    The comb-over king is starved for attention and just like all the other Republican wana-be presidential hopefuls who have hijacked the Republican party, they're stuck with him. He'll probably spend his time talking about how Obama wasn't born in the U.S. Poor Mitt will be hiding in the wings thinking "what did I do to deserve this"?

    August 10, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Harry Baxter

    Trump is a truly pitiable individual. He thinks that he's relevant, and that people care what he has to say. He isn't, and they don't care. He has too much time on his hands. I would suggest that he goes home, cheats on his Wife, and files for bankruptcy again.

    August 10, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. Macsupreme

    @your choice America -Democrats want your kids to grow up to be OWS squatters collecting food stamps and welfare.

    Republicans want your kids to grow up to be rich and successful, owning their own home and business.

    Who will YOU vote for in November?
    I'm a master's degreed, black male, independent but I would like to ask the question, whose kids do the republicans want to be successful? Little white kids or little black and latino kids? I think both parties are idiots but it's how many lies per party are you willing to digest.

    August 10, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Patricia

    This nonsense should really anger every American voter be it Dem or GOP. This is not some BS reality TV series, this is people's lives at stake here. I don't have time for toupee's antics and nonsense. So very disgusting. The fact that Romney has allowed this circus to go on has helped me make a decision. Does he stand for any g d a m n thing of integrity?

    August 10, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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