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President Donald Trump has made his debut on Washington’s social circuit by headlining an annual fundraiser for Ford’s Theater, scene of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
Trump says he was glad to help continue the long tradition of preserving one of America’s most important theaters and honoring one of its greatest presidents.
Lincoln was killed at the theater in April 1865, fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth.
Trump told the audience which included the vice president, members of the Cabinet, lawmakers and others, that although Lincoln led a hard life he is remember for his leadership, inspiration and his enduring vision of “government of, for and by the people.”
Trump has been somewhat of a homebody since taking office on Jan. 20, limiting his socializing to the White House or his Trump-branded properties.
President Donald Trump is about to make his debut on Washington’s social scene.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump are hosting a Sunday night fundraiser for Ford’s Theater, the venue where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
Trump to date has limited his socializing to the White House and his Trump-branded properties.
Since taking office in mid-January, Trump has turned down invitations to a series of high-wattage staples of the D.C. social scene where an appearance by the president is routine. The events include the Alfalfa Club dinner, the Gridiron Club dinner and, perhaps most famously, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Ronald Reagan is the most recent president to skip the dinner thrown by the White House press corps. He was recovering from an assassination attempt.
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