President Trump embarked on a fundraising tour of New York City on Saturday, hours after Senate Republicans gave his agenda his most significant legislative victory to date by approving a broad review. of the nation's tax code.
On his first stop the day at the Cipriani restaurant in Midtown Manhattan – a fundraiser for his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC), according to The Associated Press – Trump bragged about voting early in the morning of the Senate on the Law of cuts and fiscal jobs, remembering how he learned the news hours before the legislators had approved the measure largely along the party lines.
"Last night at three in the morning, I received a call," he told a crowd of some 400 supporters. "I said, 'Call me, you can call me.' It's the biggest tax reduction in the history of our country by far."
"We did not get any democratic help and I think that's going to cost them a lot in the elections, because they basically voted against the tax cuts, "he added. "And I do not think politically it's good to vote against tax cuts."
Shortly after noon, the president left for his second fundraising event of the day at The Pierre Hotel, just a few blocks from his Trump Tower. That was followed by a third raised fundraiser at a private residence in Manhattan for his re-election campaign and the RNC, according to the AP.
The president's statements in the second and third fundraising were not reported by the White House press group.
The trio of fundraisers was a sort of victory for Trump, who has talked animatedly about his desire to reform the tax code, especially since the GOP's efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act they failed in Congress earlier this year.
But absent from Trump's comments, at least in the first event, mention was made of the investigation of special lawyer Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 elections and the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Although Trump has often dismissed the investigation as a "witch hunt," it seemed to approach Trump's inner circle on Friday when Michael Flynn, the president's first national security adviser, pleaded guilty to or lying to agents of the FBI about his contacts with the former Russian ambbadador Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn, who was fired from the White House in February, also publicly acknowledged for the first time that he is cooperating with Mueller's team, prompting speculation about what information Flynn might share with investigators.
Before leaving the White House on Saturday, Trump repeated to reporters that there was no "collusion" between his campaign and Russian officials or representatives, although he did not elaborate on that claim.
But shortly after abandoning his first fundraiser in New York, Trump offered his most substantial response to Flynn's guilty plea, saying on Twitter that he had fired Flynn because he had lied to Vice President Pence and the FBI about his communications with Kislyak, an apparent change of past statements he made regarding the expulsion of Flynn.
However, when the reporters were pulled from their first fundraiser, Trump seemed confident in the political perspectives of his party, pointing out that the Democratic Party does not have candidates capable of facing the Republicans.
"At this time, unless you have someone we do not know, at this moment we are invincible, we are invincible," he said.