President Donald Trump plans to kick off his 2020 re-election fundraising with a $35,000-a-plate event at his Washington hotel Wednesday, a gathering that stands to benefit his business as well as his political aims.
Tickets to the fundraising dinner, which benefits the Republican National Committee in addition to Trump’s 2020 campaign, cost $35,000, according to Lindsay Jancek, an RNC spokeswoman. Organizers expect 300 attendees and project that the event will raise $10 million, she said. Former President Barack Obama had been in office more than two years before he headlined his first re-election fundraiser.
The gathering won’t be open to the public. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s deputy press secretary, said Wednesday afternoon that a media pool would be admitted for a limited time to hear the president’s remarks to donors — but then withdrew that statement two hours later. Sanders, in an email, cited “confusion with the RNC” and “the logistical challenges bringing in the press at this late moment.” Read more at BLOOMBERG.