Antonio Sabato, Jr. will speak Tuesday night at the Republican Convention in Cleveland

By Linda Marx
Updated July 16, 2016 12:00 PM
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Actor and former Calvin Klein model Antonio Sabato, Jr. is passionate about improving life in America and around the world.

Since the 44-year-old has been talking about social, economic and financial issues with Donald Trump for the past year, he was pleased when Trump’s campaign asked him to speak during the Republican National Convention, which opens Monday in Cleveland.

“It is refreshing to have a candidate like Trump who is so honest about his feelings because he speaks for many of us when he says we are in a bad place,” Sabato, Jr. tells PEOPLE.

“I have never been a Republican or Democrat,” he continued. “I am an American.”

Sabato, Jr. will take the stage on Tuesday night for a special speech.

“I am planning to speak for a few minutes,” he says. “I will discuss my frustration and fear of how things are now, and how we need the kind of change Trump can bring.”

Born in Rome, Italy, the entertainer – who moved to the U.S in 1985 – says he is angry about terrorism and violence in general. Thursday’s attack in Nice, France, a coastal city he says he loved as a young boy, greatly upset him.

“I used to hang out in Nice in the summer, and now all of Europe has changed,” says Sabato, Jr. who lives in Los Angeles and is active on social media. “We need a straight-to-the-point person like Trump to give us a fresh start.”

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Sabato, Jr. is working with members of the Trump campaign to polish his speech. He will be flown to Cleveland by the campaign and stay for a couple of days to meet other politicians.

“I am not being paid to speak, I am passionate about improving the world,” he tells PEOPLE.

“I look forward to meeting people like Ted Cruz and Rudy Giuliani. They are smart men who have a hard job. I thought show business was bad but politics is worse.”