The retreat over the weekend in early April for the party’s most influential donors will be at a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, as in recent years. But the RNC decided to move part of the schedule on Saturday night to the former president’s private club to accommodate Trump and guests who would like to visit the site, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the plans.
The National Party will sign a contract with Mar-a-Lago to host the event and pay Trump̵
The man said it would be easier to organize such a big event, which includes the logistics of the secret services at the former president’s club, and that many GO donors like to visit Mar-a-Lago, where Trump has lived since leaving. The White House.
Spending money at the club is also likely to favor Trump, who often attends GOP events during his presidency when they took place in his hotels. During the Trump administration, the retreat of RNC donors took place regularly at the Palm Beach Hotel, part of Mar-a-Lago.
Representatives of the organization Trump and Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
At least 350 people have tried to attend Trump’s speech, the largest of all retreat sessions, a spokesman said. The other speakers, which include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, will address the main hotel.
Trump has made clear his intention to play a dominant role in the Republican Party, telling conservative activists in a speech last month that he is considering a new presidential candidate in 2024.
RNC chairman Rona McDaniel has vowed to remain neutral in the race in 2024 and is under competitive pressure from members, many urging her to support Trump more, while others want the party to walk past him and seek new leaders after his supporters. attacked the US Capitol on January 6 and the party lost the House, Senate and White House under its supervision.
Trump has been annoyed by McDaniel’s ongoing public comments that she will be neutral in the race, several advisers said.
His legal team also recently sent a termination and waiver letter to the RNC and two GOP congressional committees, urging them not to use his name or similarity when appealing fundraising without his explicit consent, according to a copy of the letter reviewed by The Washington Post. Politico first announced the existence of the letter.
In recent weeks, McDaniel has spoken to Trump repeatedly, including over the past weekend, to address his letter of resignation and resignation. She explained that the party wants to advertise his achievements and the party plans to continue using his likeness, which she believes helps him, said people with knowledge of the talks.
Fundraising appeals in the name of the president usually do better than those without, said those involved in the effort.
In a letter Monday to Trump’s PAC, the RNC chief adviser said that in McDaniel’s conversation with Trump over the weekend, the former president “confirmed” that he “approves the current use of the RNC name by fundraising and other materials,” according to a copy. reviewed by The Post.
“The RNC did not send any fundraising requests on behalf of President Trump, nor did he use his image before he left office, nor would he do so without his prior approval,” he added.
David A. Fahrenhold contributed to this report.