Former President Donald Trump was greeted with a standing ovation by attendees at Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida on Sunday as he took the stage to deliver his first public speech since leaving the White House in January, where he declared “our movement … is just getting started.”
“Hello CPAC, do you miss me yet,” Trump asked the enthusiastic crowd.
“Our movement of proud hardworking American patriots is just getting started,” he said. “And in the end we will win!”
Trump is returning to the national spotlight to cap the four-day annual conference in Orlando as Republicans hope to regain majorities in the House and Senate in the midterm elections 2022 and win the White House in 2024.
Leading up to Trump’s eagerly-awaited remarks, a parade of possible Republican presidential hopefuls — including Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz — served as opening acts over the weekend to fire up the CPAC crowd for the one-time commander-in-chief.
Since leaving office on Jan. 20, Trump has been at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, meeting with former campaign officials and Republican lawmakers as he lays the groundwork for a political comeback for himself and the GOP.