Some Republican leaders spoke at the Conservative Policy Conference.
A gilded statue of Trump was unveiled during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
The conference was attended by many prominent conservative lawmakers, including Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and Josh Hawley, Steve Scalise, and Matt Gaetz.
The conference participants said that Trump remains the leading political force among Republicans, despite the events related to the Congressional building seizure in January of this year.
“Donald Trump is not going anywhere,” Senator Ted Cruz said.
Congressman Matt Gaetz conceded that Trump would run for president in 2024: “Trump probably hasn’t completely drained the swamp – yet.”
Other participants in the conference talked about other potential candidates for the Republican presidential post.
Republican Senator Rick Scott, who is named among the possible presidential candidates, said that “Trump has shortcomings.” Scott stressed that Trump had rallied the working class around the Republican Party, but the party should not repeat past experience: “Otherwise we will lose the election.”
Hawley, another possible candidate in the 2024 election, said the Republican Party represents “not the past, but the future of this country.”
Many senior Republicans did not attend this year’s event. Among them are former US Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
Donald Trump himself is expected to speak at the conference on Sunday.