The speakers for the Republican National Convention next month in Cleveland are set, presumptive nominee Donald Trump said Saturday, and the line-up will be announced on Wednesday.
Here’s what he said on Twitter:
Trump said on Friday that his wife, Melania, and four of his five children would be speaking at the four-day convention beginning July 18 at the Quicken Loans Arena.
“Ivanka, Tiffany, Don, Eric — they are going to be speaking,” Trump said told a rally at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, ABC News reports
. “My wife is going to be speaking at the convention.
"We’re going to have a great time."
Trump also said last month that he wanted to see a "winner's evening"
featuring sports stars and other celebrities — not politicians.
He ticked off several names at a rally in Richmond, Va.: NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger; NASCAR CEO Brian France, who endorsed Trump in May; former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight, who stumped for the billionaire during his state's primary that same month; and Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Trump also beat back a Bloomberg News report
this week that controversial former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, who has endorsed Trump, had been invited to speak.
The disclosure — on which Trump tweeted, "The media makes everything up!" — caused an uproar on social media because of Tyson's 1992 rape conviction and his biting off part of the ear of Evander Holyfield in a 1997 match in Las Vegas.
Legendary Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka, also named in the Bloomberg report, said Wednesday that he had declined an invitation to speak in Cleveland.
"I can help him, but I don't know if I can give a speech at the convention," Ditka, who has endorsed Trump, told The Chicago Tribune
. "I don't travel much anymore except between Chicago and Florida, and giving a speech at a convention isn't really my style."
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