WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first re-election fundraiser (all times local):
President Donald Trump has arrived at a fundraiser benefiting his 2020 re-election campaign, the Republican National Committee and other various Republican entities.
Trump’s motorcade pulled up at his Trump hotel in Washington just after 7 p.m.
He was greeted by dozens of protesters outside hoisting signs with slogans like “Health care not tax cuts” and chanting “Shame! Shame!”
Reporters are not being allowed inside to listen to Trump’s remarks, in a break from his predecessor.
The White House has gone back on its plan to let reporters hear President Donald Trump’s speech at his first re-election fundraiser.
In a break from tradition, the White House had planned to bar reporters from Trump’s speech. Reporters complained and the White House then agreed to allow a small group of reporters into the room for the president’s remarks. The event is being held at Trump’s hotel near the White House.
But hours later, the White House reverted to the original plan.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited “some confusion” with the Republican National Committee and the “logistical challenges” of bringing the news media into the room at the last minute.
Former President Barack Obama typically allowed news media coverage of his formal remarks at party fundraisers.
First-time candidate Donald Trump got a late start on fundraising in 2016. He held his first, big-ticket donor event only five months before Election Day.
But that won’t be the case next time.
Some 40 months before he stands for re-election, the president is holding court at a $35,000-per-plate donor event Wednesday night at his hotel near the White House.
Trump’s team initially planned to keep the event off-limits to the news media. But after reporters objected, the White House decided to let a small group hear the president’s remarks.
The first cut of the money raised will go to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. The rest gets spread among various Republican Party entities. Having multiple beneficiaries allows Trump to ask for well above the usual $5,400 per-donor maximum for each election cycle.
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