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. NikoEsquire

    I would not let that moron clean my toilet! He proves that intelligence is not always a factor in amassing wealth.

    August 10, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Bob from Pittsburgh

    After the INCIDENT at the correspondents dinner 2012, you would think Trump learned his lesson.. it was embarrasing just to watch him making a fool of himself..

    August 10, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. anagram_kid

    I could predict that it will be memorable as the absolute low point for the GOP, but I have full confidence that as the party’s downward spiral continues even lower depths will be reached.

    August 10, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Gary Jaussaud

    Ya Yes!! PT Barnum would be proud of this "Bigest Show on Earth", if he were alive to see it.

    August 10, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Fielding Mellish

    It's gonna be HUGE I tell ya...HUGE!

    August 10, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Rawmoney, 2012

    I kind of thought it was just this crop of republican members that were retarded for believing all the bs. Up to now, I kind of felt that the GOP leadership was actually pretty damn smart. I don't know anymore. I mean, isn't there at least one smart tactician in the lot?

    I mean, look at this thing. All the democrats have to do is bait this guy on the day before he speaks at the convention or maybe the same day he speaks. Maybe Roseanne Barr can say something about him, maybe call him a orange-haired twit or something similar.

    Then, it will be on bitttches. It will no longer be the Republican Convention but the latest Donald Trump cat fight. The news media will love it. And so will all the late night comedians who will find a huge audience for all the fun they'll be able to poke at the Donald plus the Twit plus Mango, the dancing horse.

    lt doesn't even have to be someone like Roseanne to get this guy to screw everything up. Maybe a heckler yells at him. Or maybe a reporter asks him about Obama's birth certificate. Then, it will be the rebirth of birtherism right there at the GOP convention.


    August 10, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. lou

    He's probably got that 'proof' he's been claiming to have that Obama is not a US citizen. Probably the best 'proof' money can buy. What a clown.

    August 10, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. drake mallard

    Donald Trump is a loser. Anybody can go bankrupt once, three times, means you are a loser, or is taken advantage of the system. I do not pay attention to losers!

    Romney's campaign is based on the notion that because of what he did
    at Bain he understands the economy. It's perfectly reasonable to examine
    what his experience at Bain really taught him. After all, Bain wasn't
    in the business of creating jobs, it was in the business of making money

    The high unemployement is due to people like romney out sourcing jobs. that's why middle class Americans are suffering so much.

    August 10, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. ART

    Trump did not just embarrass himself at the correspondents dinner , he embarrasses himself every time he opens his mouth

    August 10, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. steve-0

    Another reason Republicans should hold their fat heads in shame.

    August 10, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. CNN Right Wing Soft Pitch

    What a waste of server space CNN. I think no one cares if Donald does anything at all. And CNN, I wasnt aware of the fact that you were bought out by FoxNews, you guys boot John King and make up for it by being a right wing opinionated news org. Look at how you baby Ari Fleischer, Eric Ericson, and any GOP on air guest, you let them cutoff and interupt like its cordial and then you hammer down hard when it comes to Democrats, funny, then you have the nerve to insist your unbiased and question both sides equally hard. Cant forget the 35,000 non answer responses from the GOP that you graciously accept that fail to answer any question you ask.

    August 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Jim

    I always enjoyed the side show freaks as much as the circus itself. I will be sure to tune in to see the man with the reptilian hair.

    August 10, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. clephane9

    Does anyone really care about this insignificent person. He and Sununu should silply take a hike. What a bunch
    of losers the GOP are.... what a line-up to look at and listen to. What has happened to the once proud and relevant
    GOP ???????

    August 10, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Democrats have Jimmy Carter speaking at their convention. He WAS the worse President the country has ever had, before Obama came along. I can hardly wait to hear the gems if wizdumb that come out of that imbecile.

    August 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. blue19

    Actually there's a typo, it should read roll instead of role. The only thing the rug that walks like a man is qualified to do is serve food. Are we in for the massive surpise we were told to expect when his PIs went to Hawaii and found evidence on the Prez's birth that would astound us...oh yeah there wasn't anything. More hot air from "the hair".

    August 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    @Dee, you are so right. I think we had forgotten that he rented space for ghadaffi's tents!!!
    He IS a traitor who can't can't show his birth certificate.

    August 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. 1zb1

    I know, Trump is going to dress up in a big fat clown costume wearing a silly blond wig and make a fool of himself. Ooops, that's not dressing up, that's how the real Trump actually looks and behaves all the time.

    August 10, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Ferret out the B.S.

    I hope they don't pre-empt any TV shows for this junk

    August 10, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Howard

    After all the unsubstantiated accusations and insults ... the bottom line still comes down to who can save America ... bring us out of the 15+ Trillion dollar debt ... and restore America to her former greatness ... #1, the person who over the past 4 years put us in debt, and dragged America down to the depths we're in now ... or #2, A man with a lifetime record of achievement and success. It's a no brainer ... Mitt Romney for President in November !!! Why believe your own experience of paying more for everything, layoffs, inflation, and a shrinking economy ... when Obama and the main stream media keep telling you everything is getting better ... oh that's right, you believes what Obama tells you over your own eyes and ears. Conclusion ... you deserve to be lied to ... and, you deserve the coming economic melt down, and accompanying hardships ... but, don't worry about the Obama's, George Clooney or Anna Winter ... they will still be able to afford their lives of luxury.

    August 10, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Remember Trump is the same guy that lied over and over again about showing his taxes, so why would honest tax paying Americans want to hear anything he has to say. This is bad for the Republicans.

    August 10, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Trumps role will be to SHOW HIS TAX RETURNS.

    August 10, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. repubkooks

    he will be modelling trump ladies lingerie onstage!

    August 10, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. LoriRN

    Could it be that he will spoof his Celebrity Apprentice show and tell President Obama, "you're fired"...??? How clever {sarcasm} that would be....
    He's an idiot and I cannot believe the republicans would have this man as part of their convention...

    August 10, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. kit8

    Top ten things The Donald may do at the RNC:
    1) Remove his wig
    2) Produce Obama's real birth certificate showing he was born in the USA
    3) Explain the $100 million in Mitty retirement account
    4) Fire Obama as president
    5) Hirer Mitt as president
    6) Promise not to talk about himself for a day
    7) Pretend people give a rat's a$$ about what he thinks
    8) Release his own tax returns
    9) Get Mitt to release his tax returns
    10) Promise never to run for president as he is a joke

    August 10, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Lincoln

    The only thing Trump should be considering is when to shave his head and to stop pretending that he is not fat.

    August 10, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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