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Bedminster fundraiser drew donors from throughout nation

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Several Republican donors who attended President Donald Trump’s latest fundraiser got here from and, in some instances, then went to different elements of the nation.

The fundraiser Thursday at Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey, golf membership occurred simply earlier than the president introduced that he had the coronavirus. 

CNBC reviewed the social media pages of some donors who confirmed their followers by way of photos and movies that they attended the fundraising occasion. GOP donors who attended the gathering, which price as much as $250,000 per particular person, had been panicking within the early hours of Friday after Trump revealed his analysis. 

A Trump Victory e-mail despatched late Friday morning to attendees mentioned folks weren’t allowed inside 6 ft of the president. “Please contact your medical provider if you or any of your loved ones is ill or develops a fever, shortness of breath, or other respiratory symptoms,” the e-mail mentioned.

The president’s eventual optimistic take a look at prompted considerations that individuals who attended the fundraiser might pose an an infection threat to others. Those worries are prone to be heightened by the truth that a number of the folks left New Jersey for different elements of the nation.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy urged everybody who attended the occasion “to take full precautions, including self-quarantining and getting tested.” Over 200,000 folks within the U.S. have died from the coronavirus, in line with knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

Research completed by the Twitter account of Resist Programming led CNBC to the movies, which had been later verified by way of reviewing social media accounts. All of the attendees talked about on this story initially didn’t return requests for remark. 

Attendees included Natalie Workman and Brandon Dawson, who, in line with their LinkedIn pages, have run companies in Washington state for years. On every of their Instagram timelines they’re pictured at a roundtable. In the background it is clear that the nameplate on the entrance of the desk is Trump’s. One of the photographs says, “Getting ready to meet with the Big Boss!” A caption of Workman’s Instagram picture says: “Sat across from the President today. I don’t care who you vote for during this election but know that your vote matters.” 

The two will not be carrying masks in that image. 

Dawson’s Instagram timeline features a video of his non-public jet, and viewers can hear him say: “We just got done here in New York, actually New Jersey, to meet with the president and now we are flying to Arizona.” Workman is seen getting on the identical aircraft. “She’s so pretty,” Dawson exclaims.

CNBC searched his tail quantity, which was captured in Dawson’s Instagram timeline, and located by way of the flight monitoring website Flight Aware that the aircraft took off from Morristown Airport in New Jersey and landed in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s a few 30-minute drive from Trump’s golf course to the airport. 

Then there are Charlie Kolean and Daniel Hux, two Texas-based businessmen who, in line with Kolean’s Instagram web page, had been filmed at Trump’s Bedminster occasion. 

Kolean mentioned in his video that the president took questions from the gang and “it went on for about an hour and 40 minutes.” 

Kolean is then pictured standing subsequent to a lectern that has the presidential seal and is holding a badge that claims “Special Event with President Donald J. Trump. Trump National Bedminster” and Thursday’s date. Hux is pictured with Kolean repeatedly. After the occasion, the 2 drive into New York City, Kolean’s Instagram exhibits. 

They drove by way of Times Square and later Kolean is seen in a video standing in entrance of the Wall Street bull. They are then pictured in New York’s monetary district and later in entrance of One World Trade Center.  When outdoors of their car, the movies present Kolean and Hux weren’t carrying masks. Kolean mentions Hux’s title and his account is non-public. 

On Hux’s web site, he is seen pictured with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Gov. Greg Abbott. 

After the publication of this text, Hux confirmed in a press release that he did attend the Trump fundraiser on Thursday and is self quarantining out of an abundance of warning earlier than he might be examined. 

“On Thursday I attended a fundraiser in support of President Trump at the Trump national golf club in Bedminster, NJ. All attendees who were to be in close proximity to our President, were covid-19 tested on location before entrance,” Hux mentioned late Friday. “I stayed 6 feet away from the President at all times as well, but out of an abundance of caution have quarantined myself until I can be tested.”

Some Republican donors questioned the president’s choice to go to the occasion after his longtime advisor Hope Hicks turned sick. Hicks examined optimistic Thursday morning after displaying signs Wednesday night time whereas on a marketing campaign journey to Minnesota with the president. White House chief of employees Mark Meadows advised reporters Friday that Hicks’ analysis turned identified simply earlier than the president left for Bedminster.

Representatives for the Trump marketing campaign and Republican National Committee didn’t reply to requests for remark. 


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