In hopes of helping to solidify conservatives and the Republican Party, many members of the Trump administration, including President Trump and Vice President Pence, will be speaking at this year’s CPAC gathering that starts tonight.
Thousands of people will attend the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) right outside of the nation’s capital this week, with appearances by President Trump and White House officials.
Then-candidate Trump bailed on CPAC in 2016, but this year’s conference will give him another chance Friday to address conservatives gathered in National Harbor, Md. But CPAC isn’t always a friendly audience for Trump, with convention-goers last year choosing him third in last year’s presidential straw poll.
The high-profile conservative gathering hit a speed bump last weekend when video emerged of alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos appearing to defend pedophilia, leading CPAC to rescind his speaking slot.
CPAC will be looking to move beyond those headlines and see if conservatives have warmed up to Trump now that he’s the president and the party’s leader.
Here are the main speakers and events to watch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday: