Mercedes Viana Schlapp is a leading conservative commentator and communications expert. She is currently a CPAC Foundation Senior Fellow and co-hosts America UnCanceled on CPAC NOW. She was instrumental in the launch of the CPAC Center for Combating Human Trafficking.
Schlapp is widely known and respected for her senior communications roles in the George W. Bush and Donald Trump administrations. She was Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to President Trump. She implemented a successful bilingual Hispanic communications and political outreach campaign and created and produced the Team Trump online programs for the 2020 Trump campaign.
Schlapp is a Newsmax contributor as both a commentator and guest host. She is on the board of directors of Bienvenidos and Moms for America.
Her passion for politics is inspired by her father’s courageous resistance to the Castro dictatorship in Cuba. She was raised in Miami, Florida and resides with her husband Matt and their five daughters in Northern Virginia.