Melania Trump is slated to headline a pair of spring fundraisers for her husband’s reelection campaign, a move that represents a dramatic step into the political spotlight for the famously private first lady.
The first lady is listed as the host of a March 18 fundraiser in Beverly Hills and also for a March 25 event at the president’s Mar-a-Lago club, according to invitations to the two events. The fundraisers benefit Trump Victory, a joint fundraising account for the Trump 2020 campaign and the Republican National Committee.
While the president has become a regular on the donor circuit, the first lady is a newcomer to the political fundraising scene. Before the 2018 midterm elections, however, she sent out a fundraising appeal defending her husband.
“Democrats and the opposition media are doing everything they possibly can to discredit Donald with false accusations by spreading their fake news and making it appear that he does not have the support of America’s voter,” she wrote in the message.
A White House spokesperson declined to comment. A Trump campaign spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
Republican officials view Melania Trump as a major draw for big donors who are eager to connect with the president’s family. Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, has been a frequent guest at donor events, as has Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, was recently named chair of the Trump Victory finance committee.
The Trump re-election effort has been raking in large sums of cash. The 2020 campaign and the Republican National Committee raised a combined $463 million in 2019 and have nearly $200 million on hand heading into the election year.
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