Trump's fund- raiser event for his re-election campaign is drawing the ire of many, it appears. The President was not a direct witness to the protests against him and his policies during the event, which turned out be a closed- door one but he did see and hear the slogans when he arrived at the venue. Even more interestingly, the media was barred from the event which used to be open to reporters during Obama's Presidency.
Venue Trump Hotel Washington
The fund- raiser was held at the Trump Hotel in Washington, very close to the White House. It may be that the venue was chosen for its location, close as it is to the President's offices. The donors at the event will be partaking of a $35,000 per plate dinner and the funds raised will go to the Trump re-election campaign for the 2020 Presidency. The campaign is not the only beneficiary though. Remaining funds will also be divided amongst other party entities. There is a limit of $5400 per donor for the election cycle and the Presidential candidate has to adhere to this rule. However, since there are many beneficiaries here, the President has managed to make it possible for donors to give much more in terms of funds.
40 months in advance
During the last campaign round, Trump held the fund- raiser very late in the game, a mere 5 months before the elections. It appears that he is gearing up for the 2020 elections in a much better way. It is as part of these preparations that the fund- raiser is being held this early, some 40 months in advance.
Confusion reigns about reporters' permission to cover event
A lot of confusion has taken place about whether or not reporters will be allowed into the event venue. When the event was officially announced, the White House has clearly stated that no reporters would be allowed. This had resulted in many protests, prompting a partial reversal of the stance to allow a small number of media representatives inside. However, just hours before the fund- raiser was about to start, the White House went back to the original decision of not allowing media in. Usually, it is customary for reporters to be allowed to hear the President's speech at the fund- raiser. Officials are calling it a 'confusion' of some sort and quoting logistical difficulties are the reason for the bar on reporters.