Trump’s $3m funder at home of hot dog big who took him to Moscow

Donald Trump flies in to the Hamptons for $3m fundraiser with Nathan’s Hotdog magnate

  • The president is attending a fundraiser at the home of New York developer Howard Lorber
  • Lorber is the executive chairman of the Nathan’s hot dog company
  • He took Trump to Moscow in 1996 to explore a Trump Tower opportunity
  • The RNC has said the event for 60 big wigs will raise $3 million for the Trump-RNC fundraising committee
  • Trump’s efforts for a Moscow tower resumed in 2013 when he held the Miss Universe pageant there
  •  A business associate emailed Trump lawyer Michael Cohen that he would line up Putin’s support for a tower and said it will help ‘get Donald elected’

President Donald Trump has flown to the Hamptons home of hotdog magnate Howard Lorber for a multimillion dollar fundraiser. 

The event was expected to raise $3 million, according to the Republican National Committee,WNYC reported.

Trump has described Lorber, chairman of the hotdog firm, as among his closest friends. 

The New York real estate developer brought Trump to Moscow in 1996 as the pair pursued the potential of a residential development and tower there.

Lorber is the executive chairman of the Nathan’s hot dog company

‘We’re looking at building a super-luxury residential tower … which I think Moscow desperately wants and needs,’ the Trump told the Moscow Times during his visit with Lorber.

The project, which was outlined two years ago by the Washington Post, never got off the ground. But it was the forerunner to another effort to build a Trump Tower Moscow, which Trump discussed at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013.

The dream was alive through his presidential campaign, when emails of business associate Felix Sater to longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen described a new push for a Trump Tower Moscow.  ‘I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected,’ Sater wrote Cohen, according to the New York Times.  

Lorber took Trump to Moscow in 1996 to explore a Trump Tower opportunity

Lorber is the executive chairman of the Nathan’s hot dog company

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Lorber is executive chairman of Nathan’s Famous, Inc., the famed hot dog company. 

Bloomberg reported he was hosting the fundraiser earlier this week.  In 2016, a Trump spokesman named Lorber as among two people who were Trump’s best friends.

According to the White House public schedule, Trump holds a roundtable and gives remarks at what was described as a ‘private residence.’ All the events were closed to the press. 

Trump’s trip to the Hamptons came hours after defended former campaign chair Paul Manafort as a ‘very good person’ and blasted special counsel Robert Mueller as ‘highly conflicted.’

President Trump flew to his New Jersey golf club after attending the Hamptons fundraiser

Howard Lorber, Joanne Podell and Bruce Mosler attend the 60th Annual Summer Party For Stony Brook Southampton Hospital on August 4, 2018 in Southampton, New York

Trump’s visit to Moscow with Lorber in 1996 was one of several there in pursuit of a luxury tower project

The only statement provided by the White House said: ”The President is participating in a roundtable event, at a private residence, with supporters that will benefit Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.’ 

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