Several Trump critics will speak at an influential GOP event this weekend. So will Trump advisers and surrogates.
The New Nationalism Conference in Washington, D.C., will attract the full force of the Trump administration’s conservative movement, which has been a major force in Republican politics for decades. For months, it has been the site for a steady stream of Trump advisers and surrogates.
Here’s a rundown of some of those to appear:
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who declined to endorse Trump, will attend the conference.
While he has previously been active on Twitter, Bush has made no public appearances since he ended his presidential hopes back in June.
While Bush has spent the past few weeks on Twitter, he has also been meeting with GOP senators and representatives.
His attendance at the conference, however, could be a public sign that he will support the Trump agenda.
In 2017, Bush announced he was backing his former colleague Paul Ryan’s bid for the No. 3 leadership spot in the Republican Party.
Ryan attended the same GOP event in 2017 as Bush and was met with a hail of boos from the crowd. But he stood his ground and said he was still proud of his decision to support Donald Trump:
GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo
Florida’s Republican Sen. Marco Rubio visited the White House on Saturday, where he met with the president and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Rubio was supposed to join the president for a family photo at a Texas ranch, but cancelled the trip due to the death of a family member.
The president invited Rubio and his wife, Sen. Rubio’s daughter-in-law, to join him and Kushner at his golf resort on Saturday, the White House said.
Rubio is among the president’s most loyal allies in Congress, a group that includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
Rubio has shown his support for Trump as of late, appearing on Fox News Sunday two weeks ago to bash the Russia probe. He was also the first member of Congress invited to the White House to meet with the president.
Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be among