WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump arrived on Long Island on Saturday evening to attend two fundraisers as he campaigns for a second term as president in a race against Democrat Joe Biden, the former vice president.
Trump landed in Marine One on Southampton High School's football field shortly after 6 p.m., arriving later than planned because he held a news conference to announce executive actions he would take after talks between Democrats and the White House on a new coronavirus stimulus bill broke down Friday.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel joined the president on the helicopter trip from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he has been staying since Thursday.
Trump arrived at the Water Mill home of his son Donald Trump Jr. at about 8:30 p.m.
He had made his first stop at an unidentified supporter’s waterfront home in Southampton, an event the Trump 2020 campaign announced in an email a week ago.
The email, signed by Trump, promised he would “even set aside some time during dinner for us to take a photo together,” and stated, “This could be the trip of a lifetime.”
Supporters of the president would pay $50,000 to attend and $100,000 to be part of a roundtable discussion and meet-and-greet session with Trump, a source familiar with the planning told Newsday last week.
The fundraisers are expected to raise about $15 million for Trump Victory, a committee that shares money raised with the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and 22 state party committees.
The Trump campaign has stepped up its fundraising this summer.
Last month, the Trump campaign released figures showing it had outpaced the campaign of Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, by raising $165 million in coordination with the Republican National Committee and other affiliated committees.
Biden’s campaign said it raised $140 million last month, about the same as in June when his campaign raised $10 million more than Trump.
Trump has amassed $342.8 million for his campaign through the end of July, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan nonprofit that tracks political money.
Biden has raised $273.7 million, the center said.