Jun 5, 2019

Trump campaign, RNC plan 3-day big donor retreat in Chicago

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The Trump Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee between the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign, is hosting a three-day retreat for major donors in Chicago this weekend that will include a series of meetings and workshops at the city's Four Seasons Hotel and end with a reception at Wrigley Field, according to a guest memo obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: This is the campaign's latest effort to court deep-pocketed Republicans who failed to come out for Donald Trump in 2016, and it further signals that the president's days of snubbing traditional fundraising mechanisms are over. High-profile administration officials like White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will be attending, along with members of Congress and other party officials.

Context: The Trump Victory Fund plans to host three or four events like this a year in cities across the country that give major donors direct access to the Trump campaign and RNC officials.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.