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. Valeire in Raleigh

    What has happened to the once-proud Republican party?

    August 10, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Mama for Obama

    Trump is truly an embarrassment for the GOP, but then so is Mitty Boy. I didn't realize that we had so many stupid people in America! I have NO intentions of watching the GOP convention. I don't want to get sick to my stomach! I will, however, enjoy all the comedians having a field day with the whole thing, and I will enjoy the media who will focus on some of the more stupid statements.

    August 10, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Patriot

    Your Choice America
    Republicans want your kids to grow up poor so they can be exploited by the right wing plutocracy.

    Democrats want your kids to grow up to be rich and successful, owning their own home and business as part of a growing middle class.

    Who will YOU vote for in November?

    August 10, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. naggingmoose

    Your choice America- Just how do you grow up to be rich and powerful unless it's a RICH DADDY???

    August 10, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Trumpster will be just another GOP distraction from the FACT that they have NOTHING to offer our country except the same-old, same-old failed policies.

    August 10, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. steven harnack

    Oh yes, this convention show all of the signs of shaping up like an old style tent revival meeting with lots of people talking in tongues (or GOP code words) and doing their very best to cast out the Devil (Obama) while just outside bottles get passed around (along with some wives). But oh my my, then it ends and they are faced with reality in November.

    August 10, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. DGM

    Larry L

    Don't forget that The Donald has declared bankruptcy several times as a ploy to screw the bond holders out of their money and enrich himself. With guys like Donald as friends Mitt could do anything with his taxes and they would approve.

    August 10, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    @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?"

    LOL! President Obama's policies strengthen our education system and infrastructure, help small businesses succeed, are working to keep under-water homeowners in their homes, and keep building towards a prosperous, sustainable future for EVERYONE.

    Mittens favors those wealthy Americans and multinational corporations that want to eliminate the Middle Class and would like nothing more than to turn our country into just another third-world, dog-eat-dog nation, the majority of whose people struggle just to survive.

    THAT'S that choice, and it's pretty clear: Vote for Mittens and the GOP and take our country backward.

    Or vote for President Obama and a majority House and Senate and move forward.

    August 10, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Meh

    My guess is he will announce yet another:
    Bankruptcy (whats he at now, 3?)
    Future Presidential Run (I think he has done that 3 times now too, right? or was it more)

    August 10, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. marjee123

    I hear they need a new janitor especially one who can clean out the bathrooms. and Trump seems really fit for the job.

    August 10, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. LIB

    Donald's job will be scooping up the P oo P after each of the speeches.

    August 10, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. Oh Boy

    The Republicans collectively have gone over the edge, I'm tellin ya.

    August 10, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    I admit that I used to like Donald Trump..thought he was fun and entertaining back in the day, but NOW he's gone nuts since Obama took office and I will never step into any casino or hotel that says TRUMP on it one time I had no problem with it.

    August 10, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Tony in St. Louis

    The simple fact that the GOP is even willing to let this guy speak at their convention says wonders. The Republicans have completely removed themselves from any degree of logical reasoning, thus making themselves irrelevant in the eyes of America, and to the rest of the world. Our political process is no circus, but the GOP, along with BLUE DOG democrats in congress, strive to sell the people tickets. I'm not buying, and neither is America! Take your clown act elsewhere, Republicans don't even try anymore, ...just lies and deceit to the willing. What nimwits! OBAMA 2012'!

    August 10, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. DAVID

    can you believe this guys hair! come on don we all know your bald!

    August 10, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. normajean @ verizon ,com

    To"..YOUR CHOICE AMERICA" really should register a complaint with the management........they seem to have gotten your statement reversed.......we do know how these Repubs goof, don't we?????...What have you been reading? Must be The Onion..!!!


    August 10, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Jack V

    Southern Hottie: You made a good point about the trolling! Amen to you!

    August 10, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. Ivan Bial

    Just think about this:
    After vetting Mr. Romney and reviewing his tax returns, John McCain decided Sara Palin was a better V.P. candidate.
    Let me say that again John McCain decided Sara Palin was a better V.P. candidate then Mitt Romney.
    Need anyone say more..

    August 10, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. BOZO

    Trump: Why don't you accept new role as "Harry Reid zapper" since both of you come from Las Vegas. Tell the Russian casino owners not to support SOBReid and let he go away....

    August 10, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. giggity

    it is going to be a great BOZOs convention

    August 10, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. Jake

    Romney needs to be careful who he puts out as surrogates. Trump, Gingritch, Perry? Really? These guys lost (badly) in the primaries for a reason. Die hard right wingers love them, independents and other thoughtful people recognize them for the hacks they are. I don't think having these folks out singing Romney's praises do him any good. But, I fully support this strategy!

    Obama 2012!

    August 10, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. Cooper

    Since Palin and Buchmann weren't invited to give speeches at the convention, Trump is the next best thing. Should be the greatest comedy show on television this fall.

    Obama 2012.

    August 10, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. laserman59

    Trump is the ring master of the birther circus.

    August 10, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  24. AudreyinGA

    Trump is going to have a hair salon set up in the back at the convention for people to get their hair styled like his!

    August 10, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  25. dlskdjf

    I can't believe robme's going to let trump turn this into a circus. If they are going to do this they might as well get palin or bristol or levi or joe the plumber.

    August 10, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
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