Me­la­nia Trump on rare fundrais­ing foray into cam­paign

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Dar­lene Su­perville

WASH­ING­TON » Me­la­nia Trump is set to make a rare fundrais­ing foray into the 2020 cam­paign.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­elec­tion cam­paign is ask­ing sup­port­ers to make a do­na­tion for a chance to meet the first lady in Cal­i­for­nia.

“Win a trip to meet first lady Me­la­nia Trump in Bev­erly Hills,” the cam­paign lit­er­a­ture says. A date for the event was not in­cluded, though it is be­lieved to be sched­uled for mid-March.

Mrs. Trump largely avoided cam­paign­ing and fundrais­ing dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

The Trumps’ son, Bar­ron, was 9 when Don­ald Trump be­came a can­di­date in 2015, and Me­la­nia Trump said Bar­ron’s other par­ent needed to be home with him as much as pos­si­ble. She ap­peared oc­ca­sion­ally with Trump dur­ing the cam­paign and also ad­dressed the Repub­li­can National Con­ven­tion in 2016.

Bar­ron turns 14 later this month.

Since Trump took of­fice in 2017, the first lady has ap­peared with him at a few of his cam­paign ral­lies, where she is pop­u­lar with his core sup­port­ers. Trump loy­al­ists who pack his cam­paign venues by the thou­sands rou­tinely burst into ap­plause when the pres­i­dent men­tions his wife’s name.

A Fox News poll of reg­is­tered vot­ers in Jan­uary found more were pos­i­tive than neg­a­tive to­ward Me­la­nia Trump, 47% to 40%. An ad­di­tional 13% of those sur­veyed didn’t give an opin­ion.

A spokes­woman for Trump’s cam­paign said the first lady is in de­mand.

“First lady Me­la­nia Trump is a sought-af­ter voice from the First Fam­ily, who has the over­whelm­ing ap­proval and ad­mi­ra­tion of the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” spokes­woman Kayleigh McE­nany said in an emailed state­ment. “She is an in­cred­i­ble mother, wife, leader, and first lady for our na­tion.”

The cam­paign does not re­lease fundrais­ing de­tails, McE­nany said.

The White House did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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