President Donald Trump revealed on Wednesday that he likes to carry cash with him so that he can leave tips for the hotel services he receives while on the road.
“I don’t carry a wallet because I have not had to use a credit card in a long time,” the president told a gaggle of reporters while aboard Air Force One. “I do like leaving tips to the hotel. I like to carry a little something. I like to give tips to the hotel.”
“I’m telling you,” he continued before showing the reporters the cash. “Maybe a president is not supposed to do it, but I like to leave a tip for the hotel, et cetera, et cetera.”
“I don’t carry a wallet because I haven’t had to use a credit card in a long time. I do like leaving tips to the hotel. I like to carry a little something,” Trump on AF1 on pocket cash after CA fundraiser. “Oh, that’s funny. So the jacket was blowing up?”
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Trump’s remarks come after Reuters photographed the president days earlier with a $20 bill coming out of his back pants pocket. At the time, he was boarding Air Force One in Mountain View, California, where he held a fundraiser luncheon with the Republican National Committee (RNC) to raise money for his 2020 presidential campaign.
The luncheon was held at the home of Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy and tickets ranged from $1,000 to $100,000 per seat. The location of the fundraiser was kept quiet until the last minute, with local Republican officials citing disruptive protests for the lack of transparency.
The event marked Trump’s first visit back to the Bay Area since he held a rally in San Jose for his 2016 presidential campaign. Two months prior to that, he attended the California Republican Party convention in Burlingame, where he was famously forced to hop over a highway median to use the back entrance to the event. At the time, protesters had shut down Highway 101 over his appearance in the area.
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The president’s trip to California also included fundraising events in Los Angeles and San Diego. The four events that he attended are expected to have raised $15 million, a GOP source told Mercury News.
And while the Bay Area voted against the president in 2016 by the highest margin of any large metro, Republicans in the area have already donated massive amounts to his re-election campaign. In just the first six months of the year, Trump’s campaign and joint fundraising committee with the RNC has received more than $6.5 million in large dollar donations.
“Coming [to the Bay Area] makes great political sense,” David McCuan, a politics professor at Sonoma State University told Mercury News. “He’s showing he can come into the center of anti-Trump energy, right into [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi’s backyard, thumb his nose at her, and still walk away with a wad of cash.”
“He is able to use California as a symbol of brokenness across the country. He uses it as a foil,” McCuan continued, noting that for the president, California “is the Golden State because of the money, the coverage, and the contrast it lets him draw.”
Accordingly, Trump has highlighted a slew of California’s growing problems under Democratic leadership, such as the state’s spiking rate of homelessness, drug use, and cost of living.
“What they are doing to our beautiful California is a disgrace to our country,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Ohio in August. “It’s a shame the world is looking at it. Look at Los Angeles with the tents and the horrible, horrible disgusting conditions. Look at San Francisco. Look at some of your other cities.”
Author: Molly Prince
Source: Daily Wire: Trump Reveals The Real Reason He Carries A Wad Of Cash With Him