- The RNC is hosting a 400-person dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Saturday.
- The Washington Post reported that Trump has been hosting political events at his club.
- The move underscores Trump’s ongoing influence within the GOP.
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The Republican National Committee plans to throw a lavish 400-person dinner on Saturday at Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump’s Florida resort and residence, according to a Washington Post report published on Friday.
The banquet is set to cost more than $100,000, one person familiar with the event told The Post, and comes just two days after another dinner hosted by a conservative group with over 100 guests took place at the Palm Beach club.
On Friday, a fundraiser was held at Mar-a-Lago for Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida – the same day Trump endorsed his reelection bid for 2022.
The back-to-back events are a sign of Trump’s ongoing influence within the GOP as he continues to rake in money from Republican officials booking his properties for fundraisers and other political activities.
Also scheduled for this weekend are fundraisers for Trump’s former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who’s running for governor in Arkansas, and GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
The Post noted that at least six fundraisers for Republican candidates have been hosted at Trump’s club since he left the White House, and that many more events are scheduled for this spring.
The RNC did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment. The Post previously reported in March about the RNC’s plans to hold part of its spring retreat at Mar-a-Lago and to pay Trump for usage of the club.
The move demonstrates how many top Republicans still view Trump as a major figure in the party and believe his support matters for next year’s midterm elections.
Though still banned from Twitter and Facebook, Trump weighs in on day-to-day political issues through statements released by his leadership political action committee, Save America. Besides Rubio’s endorsement this week, he also urged GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin on Thursday to run for reelection in 2022.
Several high-profile Republicans have taken the trip to Palm Beach just to visit Trump, pose for a photo together, and talk to him about the party’s priorities, The Post reported.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller told The Post that “Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach are the center of the Republican universe right now.”
“All Republican roads lead to Mar-a-Lago,” Miller said. “He’s the biggest name in politics, and everybody wants his support and endorsement.”