Trump bashes CNN and Pelosi at fundraiser — and dooms Priebus as ‘famous’: report
President Donald Trump bashed CNN and Nancy Pelosi during a closed-door campaign fundraiser at his Washington, D.C., hotel — as protesters could be heard outside chanting against the Republican health care bill.
The fundraiser, held at Trump International Hotel, brought in about $10 million that will be divided between the president’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee, one organizer told Politico.
Trump praised his embattled chief of staff, Reince Priebus, who he said had been putting out a lot of “fires,” sources told the website.
He also joked that no one could pronounce his chief staffer’s name and noted that Priebus had become “famous” — which is something of a kiss of death from the president.
Trump spoke for about 30 minutes, according to two sources, and spent time attacking the media — especially CNN, which he accused of false and unfair reporting, and singled out the network’s commentator Van Jones.
He also mocked Pelosi in the wake of a Georgia special election where the Republican candidate won after tying her Democratic opponent to the House minority leader.
Trump then mocked that Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, for living outside the suburban district he’ll be representing.
The president told donors that Ossoff raised over $20 million but couldn’t get an apartment in Atlanta, sources said.
About 60 protesters stood outside the Trump-owned hotel, chanting, “What do we want? Health care. When do we want it? Now!” — which could be heard inside the building.