President Donald Trump returned to New York City for a few hours Tuesday night to headline a campaign fundraiser with deep pocketed donors who spent up to $250,000 to dine with the commander in chief.
The president’s visit also included a brief meeting with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and the staff and family members of the U.S. Mission to the UN.
“We’re going to do things like the world has never dreamed of. We’re going to do it through the United Nations,” Trump said at the gathering, as seen in a video clip of the closed door meeting posted on his Twitter page.
The meeting came just days after Trump’s five-day stay in Manhattan for last week’s UN General Assembly meetings.
The president then headlined a campaign fundraising dinner at the swanky French restaurant Le Cirque in midtown Manhattan, that a Republican National Committee spokeswoman said was expected to generate $5 million for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the RNC.
The RNC spokeswoman said 150 donors were registered for the event, with attendees paying a minimum of $35,000 and up to $250,000 to attend the gathering billed as a “Trump Victory Dinner.”
RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn were among the guests, the spokeswoman said. Trump also was joined on the trip by National Economic Council director Gary Cohn and White House director of Social Media Dan Scavino.
Trump’s motorcade arrived at Le Cirque around 5:45 p.m. under heavy security — motorists and pedestrians were blocked from crossing the streets surrounding the restaurant located on East 58th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue.
Many irate rush hour commuters complained to NYPD officers about the street closures that blocked them from reaching nearby stores, hotels and the 59th Street and Lexington Avenue subway entrances. However, the event, which was slated to wrap up shortly after 8 p.m., did not draw widespread protests in the streets as has been the case during Trump’s previous trips back to the city.