By Abba Gwale

The former US President Donald Trump will give a public speech later this month to a gathering of political conservatives in Florida, a source familiar with the plans said Saturday, his first extended public address since leaving the White House on January 20.

The appearance is scheduled for Sunday, February 28 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), one of the country’s largest annual gatherings of political conservatives.

Since reluctantly departing the White House on January 20 and ceding to Biden — despite his constant but unsubstantiated claims that the election had been stolen — Trump has largely kept to himself at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Trump will be “talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement,” the source told AFP.

He is also expected to challenge the “disastrous amnesty and border policies” of his successor, President Joe Biden, the source added.

Trump, who was impeached for an unprecedented second time for his role in fomenting the January 6 assault on the US Capitol, nevertheless remains a potent force in US politics.

Three-quarters of Republicans want Trump to play a prominent role in the party, according to a poll from Quinnipiac University this week.

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