When he speaks at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) this Sunday in Florida, former President Donald Trump is expected to brag about his so-called accomplishments during his failed four-year term in office and set down a marker to make it clear that he intends to seek the Republican nomination once again in 2024.
But some Trump advisers are fearful that he may go off script and wind up incriminating himself, providing prosecutors who are investigating him and his business dealings, according to Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, who appeared on CNN Tuesday morning and was asked by host John Berman:
“Do you know what he’s going to say? Or what do you expect him to say?”
“I’ve been told it’s going to be a very policy-focused speech. Whether that is true, as you know and whether he actually delivers what is on the page remains to be seen … He’s going to speak about immigration policy, because that’s one of the things Biden has had to focus on, trying to undo some of Trump’s immigration policies. So Trump knows that appeals to his base of supporters. You’ll see him talk about that. I think he’ll talk about President Biden rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.”
However, Haberman added, though his speechwriters may intend for Trump to talk about policy, he’s often fond of going off script and making other remarks, some of which could prove incredibly damaging to him:
“But at the end of the day, it’s a Donald Trump speech and I expect he’ll say some version of what he wants to say,” said Haberman. “There’s been concern among some of his advisers that he’ll say something damaging as he’s facing this threat of prosecution from various prosecutors around the country, but so I think you may see him stick to a script more than he normally would. As you say, this is very unusual. And an unusual venue.”
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear yet another appeal from Trump regarding his tax returns, which he has been ordered to turn over to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. And you can bet that Vance and his prosecutors will indeed be watching the former president’s CPAC speech very carefully.
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