Donald Trump has invited politicians, billionaires, and other household names to this year’s Republican convention. Find out who made the cut!
Ted Cruz: After meeting with Trump earlier this month, Cruz accepted the billionaire’s offer to speak at the convention, putting an end to a feud that saw both candidates take jabs at one another. "Donald asked me to speak at the Republican convention, and I told him I'd be happy to do so," Cruz said.
Dana White: The UFC President was offered a speaking slot from Trump this week, MMA Weekly confirmed. At a rally in June, Trump called White a “champion” and said he preferred the support of sports stars over politicians, The New York Times reported.
Tim Tebow: Reports surfaced this week that the NFL quarterback would be speaking at the convention, but Tebow quickly squashed the rumors, saying in a Facebook video, "Just got back from the Philippines, and I wake up this morning to find out that I’m speaking at the Republican National Convention…It’s amazing how fast rumors fly, and that’s exactly what it is, a rumor." Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter defended the report in a tweet, revealing that Trump sources said Tebow would be speaking.
Trump's Children: Ivanka, Eric, Donald Jr. and Tiffany all landed speaking slots at the convention. Eric said their goal was to highlight another side of their father, one that the world rarely sees. “There’s no one who knows our father better than us,” Eric said. “There’s no one who has worked closer with our father than us. My whole role in this campaign is to be by his side and tell his story."
Sarah Palin: One of Trump’s biggest supporters, she's revealed she could not make the 11-hour trek from her home in Alaska to the Cleveland convention. In an interview with The Washington Examiner, Trump explained, "She was asked … it's a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it's a long ways away."
Mike Huckabee: The Arkansas governor and Trump ally recently said that without the billionaire as president “this is going to be a much more dangerous country." His support earned him a speaking slot at the convention, the Arkansas News reported.
Haskel Lookstein: The New York-based rabbi who converted Trump’s daughter Ivanka to Judaism in 2008 was invited to deliver the opening prayer at the convention, but a new report today from The Forward claims the Rabbi backed out of speaking once his decision “turned from rabbinical to political,” causing an outpouring of anger from his congregants and students.
Rudy Giuliani: Politico reported that the former New York City mayor is “expected to address the Republican National Convention — perhaps as early as Monday.” Giuliani endorsed Trump back in April.
Melania Trump: Trump’s Slovenian wife, who has remained relatively quiet throughout the 2016 presidential campaign is set to take the stage next week in support of her husband.
Peter Thiel: Trump invited the billionaire PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist to appear the convention. "I have great respect for Peter," Trump told CNN.