Trump holds $10m fundraiser at his hotel

Latest news

    Protests outside Trump hotelImage copyright AFP
    Image caption Healthcare was the main subject of protests

    US President Donald Trump is holding a fundraising event at his hotel in Washington, to raise cash for his 2020 re-election campaign.

    Protesters greeted the president with cries of “Shame!”as he arrived at the $35,000 (£27,000) per person bash.

    Many were unhappy with the Republican healthcare plan, holding placards that said “Healthcare, not tax cuts”.

    Holding the fundraising event at Trump International Hotel has increased concerns about conflicts of interest.

    Richard Painter, who served as the chief ethics lawyer in the White House for former President George W Bush, said it was unacceptable for the president to be potentially benefiting financially from this kind of event. He should have picked another hotel, he said.

    But Kathleen Clark, a law professor who specialises in government ethics at Washington University in St. Louis, told USA Today it did not break any laws.

    It is not clear if the hotel is being paid to host the event.

    Republican National Committee officials have told the media they expect the evening to raise about $10m, with about 300 places available.

    Not all the money raised will go towards the Trump 2020 campaign – some will go to other Republican Party causes.

    It is unusual for a president to raise cash for re-election so early in his first term, only five months since the former property developer took office.

    “Of course he is running for re-election,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Wednesday.

    Reporters have been barred from attending the event.

    The president has previously been criticised for entertaining foreign leaders at another of his properties in Florida.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40438015

    A lawsuit filed in June argued President Trump was “flagrantly violating the constitution” by accepting payments from foreign governments, a charge the White House has strongly denied.

    In the same category are

    MPs gear up for crunch Heathrow vote without Boris Johnson Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It looks like long-time third runway opponent Boris Johnson will be absent for the crucial vote MPs wil...
    MPs gear up for crunch Heathrow vote without Boris Johnson Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It looks like long-time third runway opponent Boris Johnson will be absent for the crucial vote MPs wil...
    Birmingham and Hyndburn ‘worst for food hygiene’ Image copyright PA Birmingham and Hyndburn, Lancs, are the UK's worst areas for food hygiene for the second year, a study has found.Consumer watchdo...
    Garden waste collection charges rise to £74m a year Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than half of councils now charge for green waste collection UK councils are charging almost £74m a...
    Uber to begin appeal over London licence denial Image copyright Getty Images A London court will consider later today if Uber is "fit and proper" to hold an operator licence in the capital.The tax...
    The Papers: ‘Panemonium’ at England’s World Cup victory By BBC News Staff Image caption The Sun features a full-page picture of England's players celebrating a John Stones goal after thrashing Panama ...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.