President Donald Trump is traveling to El Paso, Texas Monday, where he will hold a “Make America Great Again” rally focusing on his demand for $5.7 billion to build his wall. The President is threatening to shut down the government again, Friday at midnight unless lawmakers meet his demands.
But President Trump will also be using his trip to fundraise for his re-election campaign and the GOP, which are virtually synonymous now that the RNC has made it extremely difficult to primary the President.
The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey tweeted out this invitation the Trump campaign is sending to those who’d like to pony up fifteen grand for the privilege of taking a selfie with the commander-in-chief.
Not on the president’s schedule but appears he is also doing some fundraising in Texas tonight. $15K for a photo, per invite. pic.twitter.com/bPzTO7WVXM
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 11, 2019
Team Trump is also sending out fundraising emails ahead of his visit later today to Texas, saying, “I need you to help put pressure on the Democrats” in Congress “and become an Official Build the Wall Member.”
“Please contribute at least $5 by 11:59 PM TONIGHT to become an Official Build The Wall Member and get on the list my team sends me tonight.”
“The time for action is NOW, we can’t sit back and continue to let the Democrats put the safety of American citizens at risk,” he adds.
“Go down in history as an Official Build The Wall Member, and be remembered for being one of the American Patriots that helped FINISH THE WALL.”
To be clear, construction of the wall has not yet been started.
Minnesota’s attorney general to charge three more officers in Floyd’s death — and upgrade murder charge
Minnesota's attorney general will elevate murder charges against the Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on George Floyd's neck until he died, and will charge the other three officers involved in the in-custody death.
Attorney General Keith Ellison will charge fired officer Derek Chauvin with second-degree murder, and officers Tou Thao, Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane with aiding and abetting murder, sources told the Star Tribune.
Frat boys expelled from Sigma Chi after video shows them mocking George Floyd’s death
A fraternity at the University of Arkansas is condemning a video that reportedly shows students mocking the death of George Floyd, 4029 News reports.
"Our nation is hurting with the death of George Floyd and what it signifies for many people," a UA statement read. "Mocking a senseless tragedy is not something to take lightly and this incident is under investigation."
The Omega Omega Chapter of Sigma Chi claims the incident was not connected to the fraternity, but has nevertheless expelled the people who appeared in the video.
Italy leads Europe reopening borders as virus strikes Latin America
Italy led European nations reopening borders on Wednesday as the continent slowly emerged from quarantines to restart battered economies even as the coronavirus pandemic carved its deadly path through Latin America.
European nations among the hardest hit by the outbreak have mostly flattened out infection curves and turned to the tricky task of balancing economic recovery against the risk of a second wave of cases.
The United States, with the highest death toll, and Latin America have emerged as new centers for infections of COVID-19 that has killed more than 380,000 people worldwide since it first emerged in China late last year.