You can go hunting with Trump’s two sons for $1 million the day after the inauguration. Really. https://t.co/9PXvd87SCh
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) December 19, 2016
Maybe Dick Cheney will take them up on it. https://t.co/La8tN0ZOW4
— Al Giordano (@AlGiordano) December 19, 2016
Too late! Matea Gold and David A. Fahrenthold, at the Washington Post:
The initial invitation from Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump dangled a rare opportunity for donors willing to pony up $500,000 and more: a private reception with the new president the day after his inauguration and a hunting or fishing excursion with one of the brothers.
“Opening Day is your opportunity to play a significant role as our family commemorates the inauguration of our father, friend and President Donald J. Trump,” read the draft obtained by TMZ.
But days after the details about the high-dollar Jan. 21 “camouflage & cufflinks”-themed fundraiser first leaked, a spokeswoman for the president-elect said Tuesday that neither he nor his adult sons were involved in plans for the event. And the organizers of the function — who include close friends of the Trump brothers — dialed back offers of access to the new president and his sons.
The confusion over the family’s connection to the fundraiser showed the degree to which Trump has failed to set rules that would protect his family from allegations of influence-peddling or draw clear lines between himself and the interests of his children, who will take over management of his business empire, watchdog groups said…
The initial outlines for the “Opening Day 45” event seemed to take advantage of the still-blurred lines by allowing donors to buy time with the new president while offering little information about what charity would reap the proceeds. The conservation foundation named Tuesday as the event’s beneficiary told The Washington Post that it is still considering whether to participate.
It is also unclear to what degree the details of the high-priced fundraiser — and its aggressive use of the Trump name — was a surprise to the Trump family. While Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the Trump sons were not involved “in any capacity,” organizers of the event said the two brothers took part in discussions about the fundraiser, for which they are still honorary co-chairmen…
Opening Day 45! The crooks behind the Teapot Dome scandals are about to be displaced from their spot at the nadir of American crony capitalism. They didn’t have the chutzpah to send out public invitations: Come loot while the looting’s good, fellas!
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) December 21, 2016