Donald Trump Pulls Out of Planned CPAC Speech, Looks Forward to 2017 ‘Hopefully as President’

Donald Trump will not appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference as planned on Saturday.

His campaign and CPAC both confirmed Friday Trump’s decision to skip his Saturday morning speech.

In a statement, the businessman and 2016 front-runner’s campaign said that he will be in “Witchita, Kanasas,” presumably meaning Wichita, Kansas, for a “major rally” prior to the state’s Saturday night GOP caucus.

Donald Trump waves after a campaign stop Thursday in Portland, Maine. (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)
Donald Trump waves after a campaign stop Thursday in Portland, Maine. (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

“He will also be speaking at the Kansas Caucus and then departing for Orlando, Florida and a crowd of approximately 20,000 people or more,” the campaign said. “Because of this, he will not be able to speak at CPAC as he has done for many consecutive years. Mr. Trump would like to thank Matt Schlapp and all of the executives at CPAC and looks forward to returning to next year, hopefully as President of the United States.”

CPAC responded on Twitter:

The CPAC audience was not expected to be particularly friendly to the Republican front-runner. Attendees reportedly booed Trump during a debate-watch party at the conference on Thursday night.

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