Former President Donald Trump hosted a fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey resort for Rep. Elise Stefanik, who became the House’s No. 3 Republican after lawmakers ousted Rep. Liz Cheney for being too anti-Trump.
‘Elise has been incredible and loyal to our movement. We have to make sure she’s able to win big and raise the money she needs to help lead our party to retake the House,’ Trump said, according to The New York Post. ‘I see she has the radical crazies after her, crazy Democrats, meaning she’s already doing an amazing job as our Conference Chair.’
The ex-president first met with the New York lawmaker one-on-one at the New Jersey golf club around 4:30 p.m., followed by an hour and a half-long roundtable discussion with 20 top donors, The Post said.
Former President Donald Trump (right) poses with Rep. Elise Stefanik (left) at his Bedminster, New Jersey resort Wednesday night. Trump hosted a fundraiser for Stefanik who took over the House GOP’s No. 3 leadership spot from anti-Trump Republican Rep. Liz Cheney
Rep. Liz Cheney (pictured) was voted out as conference chair after being critical of former President Donald Trump and voting in favor of his second impeachment. She was replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik, a pro-Trump Republican from New York
Afterward, Trump addressed around 50 donors at 6:30 p.m. at a larger reception, taking photos and working the room afterward, the newspaper reported.
‘I’m with Elise 100 percent, she’s going to have an incredible career, we have to back her 100 percent,’ Trump told the crowd.
The Post also reported that Trump spoke about the GOP’s efforts to take back the House in the midterm elections next year.
He also talked about the recent conflict in Israel and the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Unsurprisingly, he spoke critically about President Joe Biden’s tenure.
Stefanik has been on Trump’s good side since defending him during his first impeachment trial in late 2019.
He publicly backed the 36-year-old’s effort to replace Cheney.
Stefanik’s team told The Post that $250,000 has been raised to go toward her Elise Victory Fund.
The day after the fundraiser, Trump was busy pushing out statements, similar to the way he used Twitter before he was banned from the social media platform for statements he made on January 6, the day of the MAGA Capitol attack.
One urged Biden to fire his Joint Chiefs over comments he said they made about the dangers of climate change.
Another celebrated Trump’s continued ‘exonerations’ from ‘fake’ investigations.
A third gloated about being right about the coronavirus – and demanding China pay $10 trillion in reparations.
‘Biden just said that he was told by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Climate Change is our greatest threat,’ Trump wrote. ‘If that is the case, and they actually said this, he ought to immediately fire the Joint Chiefs of Staff for being incompetent!’
On Wednesday, as Biden arrived in Mildenhall, England for his first trip abroad as president, he told American forces stationed there that he was told in 2009 that climate change, according to the Joint Chiefs, was the country’s ‘greatest threat.’
‘INCOMPETENT’: Former President Donald Trump called the Joint Chiefs of Staff (pictured) ‘incompetent’ if they actually told President Joe Biden that ‘climate change is our greatest threat’
‘Because there’ll be significant population movements, fights over land, millions of people leaving places because they’re literally sinking below the sea in Indonesia, because of the fights over what is arable land anymore,’ Biden explained.
Trump, a climate change denier, pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, something Biden reversed on his inauguration day.
The former president also sent out a long-winded statement on all of his ‘exonerations.’
He started with the Russia probe, an investigation that pre-dated even his January 2017 swearing-in, and then brought up former White House Counsel Don McGahn’s recent Congressional testimony and a new Department of the Interior inspector general’s report.
‘This week I have been totally exonerated by the Inspector General in the clearing of Lafayette Park, despite earlier reports that it was done for political purposes,’ Trump wrote.
‘EXONERATED’: Former President Donald Trump said he was exonerated for the June 1, 2020 Bible photo-op incident because a new Interior Department IG report said protesters were cleared directly beforehand so the U.S. Park Police could erect better fencing
The new IG report found that protesters in front of Lafayette Square on June 1 2020 were removed by U.S. Park Police and other law enforcement because the USPP was erecting a larger fence outside the White House complex – not because of Trump’s walk across Lafayette Park to hold up a Bible in front of St. John’s church.
Media reports at the time connected the two incidents, which created a splitscreen moment – Trump, in the White House Rose Garden, speaking about ‘law and order’ as racial justice protesters were cleared by police using pepper balls, flash bangs and CS gas – one of the products commonly referred to as ‘tear gas.’
Trump, flanked by White House aides and some military officials, then made his way across the park to hold up the Bible – what the White House hoped would be a show of strength after George Floyd demonstrations got out of control and part of St. John’s basement was set on fire.
Instead, Trump was criticized for gassing people in order to have a photo-op.
The report also revealed that it was D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department that used the CS gas on protesters.
In the immediate aftermath of the June 1 incident, both the U.S. Park Police and the White House denied law enforcement used ‘tear gas,’ which is particularly problematic during a pandemic, medical experts warned.
In his Thursday statement, Trump went on to discuss McGahn’s fresh testimony.
‘And I have been totally exonerated in Congress by the testimony of former White House lawyer Don McGahn,’ Trump wrote. ‘It came, it went, and it was a big “nothingburger,”‘ he said.
‘NOTHINGBURGER’: Former White House counsel Don McGahn testified before the House Judiciary Committee Friday in closed door session and backed up parts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report but was careful to not say Trump obstructed justice
McGahn’s testimony, which he gave Friday in a closed-door session to the House Judiciary Committee, didn’t contain any new revelations, but backed up parts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
McGahn contradicted Trump and said he was pressured by the then-president to try and get Mueller removed over conflict-of-interest claims.
McGahn told lawmakers he was deeply concerned after receiving a call from Trump on a Saturday in 2017 with the president asking him to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to ask that Mueller be axed.
‘After I got off the phone with the president, how did I feel?’ McGahn said. ‘Oof. Frustrated, perturbed, trapped. Many emotions.’
McGahn said he feared if Trump removed Mueller or interfered in the investigation he would be accused of obstruction of justice.
McGahn, however, wouldn’t acknowledge that line had been crossed.
Mueller’s report laid out a way that Trump could have been charged with obstruction of justice, but didn’t go that far – allowing Trump to claim he’d been ‘totally exonerated on the Mueller Witch Hunt.’
At the end of his Thursday statement, Trump claimed he continued to be persecuted.
The Prosecutor in the Manhattan-based Trump criminal probe has assembled a grand jury to weigh potential charges against the ex-president over his business dealings.
‘But fear not, the Radical Left, country destroying, illegal Witch Hunts continue, and I will win those too!’ Trump said.
Later Thursday, Trump chimed in again, likely in response to G7 leaders calling for the World Health Organization to reinvestigate the origins of COVID-19.
‘It is now unanimous, and I have been proven right (once again) that the initial World Health Organization Report on the Wuhan Lab was flawed and must be redone, this time by a truly transparent investigation,’ Trump said. ‘We were right about the China Virus from the beginning, and now the entire world sees it.’
Biden has hammered Trump for his use of ‘China virus’ linking it to the uptick in hate crimes against Asians in the United States.
‘This is why the Chinese Communist Party should pay $10 Trillion in global reparations for what they allowed to happen, the worst event in world history,’ the former president continued.
‘Even here in the United States, the so-called experts like Dr. Fauci were wrong about the Wuhan Lab and China’s role the entire time. Just think how bad things would have gotten if I followed Dr. Fauci’s advice and never closed down travel from China (and other things)? Dr. Fauci likes to say that he is “science,” when in fact he is merely science fiction!’ Trump added.
Late last month, Biden asked the U.S. intelligence agencies to review the origins of COVID-19 when an earlier report said that officials couldn’t say definitively if the coronavirus strain came from an animal-to-human interaction or from a lab.