NEW YORK – US President Donald Trump is spending Saturday in New York, where he will attend several fundraising events to help finance a possible presidential campaign in 2020, for which he has expressed an inclination since the beginning of his term in office.
Accompanied by Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Trump left Washington aboard Air Force One this morning and at 10:00 am landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The money raised at these events, which according to the ABC7 channel have entry prices of between $1,000 and $50,000, will go to Trump Victory, a joint organization of Trump’s presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee.
The first stop of the day was a breakfast at the luxury restaurant Cipriani’s in east Manhattan, where his arrival was guarded by police while some of the surrounding streets were closed to traffic.
Upon arriving at the event, which the White House said was attended by some 400 supporters, Trump touted the Senate tax reform bill passed in the early hours Saturday as “the largest tax decrease in the history of our country by far,” while insisting that Republicans have no need of help from Democrats.
Protests have been called throughout the day in the city and hundreds of people, including representatives of a healthcare union, gathered from the early hours in front of the restaurant near Grand Central Station.
Waving posters with slogans against the tax reform measure, whose two versions must be unified by the House of Representatives and the Senate into a common bill for the president to sign, protesters raised their voices chanting “Trump must go” behind the line of posters, as seen in a streaming video on the Internet.
According to the White House agenda, at noon Trump is scheduled a lunch with the Republican National Committee and afterwards will take part in a round table with members of his party behind closed doors.
At around 3:00 pm, the president will probably have wrapped up his commitments for the day and will head back to the White House.