Trump makes trip to RNC, campaign offices
President Trump on Thursday made a surprise trip to the Republican National Committee (RNC) annex office in Arlington, Va., to thank campaign officials.
The president’s visit to the Arlington office, which also houses Trump campaign staffers, came late Thursday morning and was not listed on the White House schedule issued Wednesday evening. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale were also seen leaving the White House with Trump for the meetings, which lasted roughly an hour.
The Trump campaign thanked him “for the visit and inspirational talk” in an afternoon tweet:
Thank you for the visit and inspirational talk today, Mr. President!
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) February 13, 2020
Trump is also expected to hold a meeting with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in the Oval Office later Thursday afternoon that will be closed to press.
Trump’s visit to the RNC annex offices came as the presidential campaign season heats up following primary contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.
On Thursday morning, the Trump campaign and the RNC announced that they had raised $60 million during the month of January, a considerable haul that leaves them with over $200 million in cash on hand heading into the general election.
Trump has been regularly holding campaign rallies over the past several months, including recent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire close to their nominating contests, and the campaign has been staging events with top surrogates across the country.
The president is next scheduled to attend rallies in Phoenix and Colorado Spring, Colo., on Feb. 19 and 20, respectively.
Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) emerged victorious in the Democratic New Hampshire primary on Tuesday night. A handful of candidates subsequently dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, further narrowing a field that also includes former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
—Updated at 2:17 p.m.
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