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. mdn

    He will be the carnival barker.

    August 10, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. TAK

    That reduces the Republican Convention to nothing more than a sad little circus, with Donald Trump starring in the clown act.

    I was hoping for a lot more from the GOP. My goodness, how far they have fallen.

    August 10, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. BinaryTooth

    Excellent article! It will keep the focus off the economy and that's what we need to get Obama reelected.

    Obama 2012

    August 10, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. king

    the repubs are getting more desperate every day. they made a decision to destroy this country through lies, propaganda, consumer warfare, and obstructionism, and they are not blowing obama out of the water, i guest what else can they do. they own all the media outlests except 1 and thats msnbc, all the radio stations, because they have 90 percent of the 1 percenters in the country that owns all this stuff and dictates america politics, yet they are down. lesson folks, we need to stop bypassing the poor workers, middle class workers and sending money straight to the top, because those folks are getting richer and richer by sending the money they get outside of the country starving our economy. lesson obama is the right way to go by allowing money to come through the working poor and middle class, and keep our economy heart pumping, because if a body loose too much blood, you know what will happen next.

    August 10, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Celeste

    I smell a blonde bad hair dyed, over weight racist, birther who? Who needs to learn and practice the ways of Christ! Where is Willard’s birth certificate, Trump? Trump know Mitt can’t be elected or take office if he is, so he is hiding as the wing man, to slip in as the Republican nominee for the GOP by default. Smart move Trump!

    August 10, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Klargar

    Jester along with the required hat and harlequin pants.

    August 10, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. BLKMANinAmerica

    Now what would really "memorable" would be if some one got him to get a new DOO! That would also be priceless.

    August 10, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Mike

    Actually, asking for Romney's tax returns is hardly a distraction, seeing as how every candidate except Mitt releases them. And Obama did prove his citizenship – the only candidate to ever have to do so. The hypocrisy of the GOP is beyond offensive and the constant bloviating from Trump is beyond comical.

    August 10, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Nameplates

    This person really should sit down and be quite.It's people like this persmmon and Rommney don't pay their fair share.While
    everyday people are paying theirs and more
    Yet Trump and Rommney the government. NOT! !!!!!!!

    August 10, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. davec.0121

    And the GOP National Traveling Freak Show continues. You know it's bad when Gingrich is the "normal" one.

    August 10, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. 1twinswin

    Oh, goodie. The GOP is going to have a circus at their convention.

    August 10, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Steven Colo

    Translation – this party is so crazy that Trump is actually an important figure in it. So we HAVE to give the SOB some kind of role. We're actively searching for one that strokes his ego while not embarrassing us and antagonizing the sane independents whose votes we desperately need. Wish us luck.

    August 10, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. RPrentice

    The fact that Donald Trump will have a "memorable role" at the Republican National Convention speaks volumes about just how low the Republican party has sunk into the sewer.

    August 10, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. MDDD

    Trump for VP. HA HA HA

    August 10, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. marty

    When he speaks,Mr Trump forms his words like the little Shirley Temple of yesteryear. Maybe his 'gig' will be a song and dance routine. Lollipop anyone?

    August 10, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Beverly - NYC

    Donald Trump is set to get a 'unique' gig , like what sweeping up the confetti and ballons, or counting the people of color in attendance at that Vanilla fest. Why not invite sister Sarah for the nut bag trifecta.

    August 10, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Wes

    Thanks for the reminder, as now I will make sure to miss the occasion. Trump is a waste of precious space and oxygen. He would be a superb companion to accompany Sarah Palin on a voyage to Mars... next year.

    August 10, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. enuff

    What are they being so secretive about everything ? Everything reported about this silly convention- roles of Trump, Gingrich, the VP nomination- won't be released but all will be "memorable". This potentially could effect our nation and everything is a secret. This is big red flag for me, a voter.

    August 10, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. tct

    Will they finally get the guts to state publicly that Trump and Arpaio are trying to cash in on their sedition? Didn't think so, they both know the US couldn't exist without the full faith and credit clause but still encourage birthers and the "patriots" in the GOP keep kissing their butts.

    August 10, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Jules

    Right – more birther antics. I cannot belive the GOP gave this publicity seeking buffoon a role at their convention. Not their previous President of the United States, but Donald Trump. What a jokie the GOP has become.

    August 10, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |

    This will be a complete embarrasment to the republican party and it will turn alot of independents off. Go for it!

    August 10, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. george of the jungle

    this is exactly what is wrong with the republican party. If you are rich you can do anything. What is this rich idiot doing speaking right before the convention.? What are his credentialds. ? This loud mouth snake oil salesman is using this to promote yet anothet trump endevor. The republican party is being run by clowns and zelots.Rich con men and lying flip floppers. I use to watch the democratic convention to get a laugh not anymore now it is the repos that make asses out of themselves. Forward 2012

    August 10, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Edward

    Will Bozo the clown also be speaking at the RNC?

    August 10, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Curt

    I was hoping we had heard the last from this egomanic. Shows you what the Republican party is all about when Donald Trump has role at the convention. By the way, Obama showed his birth certificate. Thought Trump was suppose to produce his tax forms.

    August 10, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. CTYank

    Gotta love their false equivalences- birther crap vs tax returns. Forked tongue.

    The Donald would serve best as a balloon in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade- full of hot air, needing restraint. Maybe he could use the Etch-a-Sketch thing about the birth certificate.

    Boring lack of content, lots of silly assumptions. Please.

    August 10, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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