(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker to close out the Republican National Committee’s weekend donor summit Saturday night in which he will likely raise the specter that someone else could win the party’s 2024 presidential nomination, according to a report.
In addition, he is expected to express confidence in the party’s chances of taking control of Congress during next year’s midterms, according to the Associated Press, which obtained a copy of his speech.
Trump will be addressing donors during a closed-door speech at his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Fla., which is several miles away from a resort hotel where the bulk of the invitation-only event is underway.
In particular, the former president will talk mostly about party unity that Republican leaders hope will mend fences and ease some intra-party warring rather than his ongoing leadership over the party’s politics. He will also commit to fundraising for the GOP and discuss whether he’s interested in a 2024 run.
“He is already playing a significant role in next year’s midterm elections in which Republicans hope to retake control of the Senate and House, a scenario pollsters see as likely in the lower chamber considering the party that doesn’t control the White House historically does well in the next election cycle,” Just the News reported.
Trump has already thrown his support behind several Republican candidates up for reelection next year, including some who have yet to formally announce whether they will run.
“We are gathered tonight to talk about the future of the Republican Party – and what we must do to set our candidates on a course to victory,” Trump will say in his prepared remarks.
“I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House and we are going to reclaim the Senate – and then in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House,” he said, though he doesn’t speculate directly that he will be that candidate.
Another top-tier GOP candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, will also address donors Saturday night.
“Saturday’s speech will be welcomed words to the Republican donors visiting Mar-a-Lago to hear directly from President Trump,” Trump adviser Jason Miller said, according to the AP. “Palm Beach is the new political power center, and President Trump is the Republican Party’s best messenger.”