Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Friday praised Donald Trump for his last-minute decision to skip the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
CPAC organizers announced Friday that the GOP presidential front-runner had dropped out of his commitment to speak at the conference on Saturday morning.
The real estate mogul’s campaign issued a statement shortly after saying he would instead be campaigning in Kansas and Florida.
“Because of this, he will not be able to speak at CPAC as he has done for many consecutive years,” the statement read. “Mr. Trump would like to thank Matt Schlapp and all of the executives at CPAC and looks forward to returning to next year, hopefully as President of the United States.”
Trump has been heavily criticized by many Republicans, and some speakers at the gathering took the opportunity take shots at the front-runner.