Trump Visits Houston, Talks With Santa Fe Victims

President Donald Trump is in Houston today, meeting with survivors of the Santa Fe High School shooting and speaking to Republican donors.

What was supposed to be a visit to Texas for political fundraisers is one with an additional somber note.

Upon arrival at Ellington Field Joint Base at 10:51 a.m., Trump stepped down from Air Force One and was greeted by Gov. Greg Abbott, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and others.

He then rode to a Coast Guard facility at the base to meet with Santa Fe survivors and families.

As part of his Houston visit, the president also appeared at a Republican National Senatorial Committee luncheon. It’s an invitation-only, $5,000-a-plate luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel.

Contribution levels ranged from $5,000 per person to $100,000 per couple, according to the luncheon’s invitation.

The fundraiser came as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lags in year-to-date fundraising to longshot Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke.

Trump was also scheduled to appear at a fundraising dinner in Dallas on Thursday night. That event was organized by Trump's 2020 re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee.

The president originally had been scheduled to make his Texas fundraising visit on May 14.

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