Former President Donald Trump was seen making an appearance at a Lincoln Day fundraising dinner at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Mike Pompeo – contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
The packed cocktail dinner event gave Trump, 74, a standing ovation while the former president stood and waved to around 500 of his supporters.
Pompeo, 57, and DeSantis, 42, smiled as they clapped for Trump – who had been seated in between them.
‘We love this man!’ said the event’s master of ceremonies James Golden, a radio personality and producer for Rush Limbaugh radio talk show, who is known by his pseudonym Bo Snerdley.
Mike Pompeo, Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump start to stand during an ovation for the former president
A crowd of around 500 people had gathered at Mar-a-Lago for a cocktail dinner on Saturday night for Lincoln Day
Trump had been seated at a table with the Florida governor on his left and the former Secretary of State on his right
Trump waived and raised his fist to the cheering crowd during the fundraising event
Trump then patted Pompeo on the shoulder in a video posted to Instagram on Saturday
Florida State Rep. Anthony Sabatini poses with Mike Pompeo during a fundraiser at Mar-A-Lago on Saturday
A number of top Republicans including Sen. Rick Scott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are among those onstage during a fundraiser at Mar-A-Lago on Saturday night
The event’s master of ceremonies was James Golden, a radio personality and producer for Rush Limbaugh radio talk show, who is known by his pseudonym Bo Snerdley
Trump was filmed deep in conversation with DeSantis while Pompeo was served iced tea, according to a video posted to Instagram.
Though Trump was not scheduled to speak, it was not immediately clear if he gave a speech during the event.
Anthony Sabatini, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, posted a video to Twitter of Trump surrounded by throngs of maskless supporters while he pushed through the crowd flanked by Secret Service agents.
Other special guests to the event included Senator Rick Scott, as well as congressmen Brian Mast and Byron Donalds. Wilbur Ross, Trump’s former Commerce Secretary, was also spotted at the event.
Dessert at the event included chocolate cake with tiny edible portraits of Trump’s face with the Space Force logo.
The event details noted that donations would only be accepted by American citizens and Green Card holders, as the Federal Election Commission prohibits campaigns from accepting contributions from accepting contributions from foreign nationals.
Pompeo, the former Secretary of State under Trump, served as the keynote speaker during the event, which was closed to the press, the Sun Sentinel reported.
‘This is quite a party!’ Pompeo said at the start of his keynote, a video posted to Instagram shows.
Marco Rubio was initially expected to attend the event as a special guest but told organizers he would not be attending because of a ‘personal matter,’ the outlet reported.
Sen. Rick Scott, left, and Mike Pompeo, right, were pictured speaking during the event
Trump was pictured seated at a table with Mike Pompeo and Ron DeSantis during the event
A picture posted to Instagram shows a view of the dinner plates during the event on Saturday
Early last month, Pompeo hinted at a 2024 White House run saying he is ‘always up for a fight’ and ‘cares deeply about America’ during an appearance on Hannity.
‘Say there is a scenario that Donald Trump makes a decision that he is not going to run in 2024, would you consider getting in that race?’ Sean Hannity had asked him.
‘I am always up for a good fight,’ Pompeo responded.
‘I care deeply about America. You know I have been part of the conservative movement for an awfully long time now. I aim to keep at it.’
When Hannity responded that he didn’t ‘know how to interpret that’ and would ‘take that as a strong maybe’, Pompeo laughed, adding: ‘That’s perfect.’
Though Trump was not scheduled to speak, it was not immediately clear if he gave a speech during the event
A video posted to Twitter shows Trump surrounded by throngs of maskless supporters while he pushed through the crowd flanked by Secret Service agents
A crowd of supporters raise their arms in support of former President Donald Trump during an event at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday
Trump is pictured pointing to someone in the dense crowd of maskless Lincoln Day revelers
Dessert at the event included chocolate cake with tiny edible portraits of Trump’s face with the Space Force logo
DeSantis has also emerged as a Republican front-runner for the 2024 election with numerous think pieces speculating on his potential campaign.
The event comes amid a string of fundraisers held at Trump properties including Mar-a-Lago.
Trump attended a Hawaiian themed luau party hosted by longtime donor Dr. Peter Lamelas at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday and was accompanied by Eric Trump and his wife Lara.
Trump was pictured laughing with a man named Joe Korff and his wife, Mary, while wearing a blue suit with a diagonally-striped blue and white tie for the event.
Fitness guru Petra Mertl gets her photo taken with Donald Trump in this video from the Lincoln Dinner fundraising event at Mar-A-Lago
Trump is pictured in a video on Saturday taken by fitness guru Petra Mertl
Fitness guru Petra Mertl films Donald Trump in this video from the Lincoln Dinner fundraising event at Mar-A-Lago
GOP strategist Karen Rosalie Giorno has her photo taken with Mike Pompeo at the Lincoln Dinner fundraising event at Mar-A-Lago
Exclusive DailyMail.com pictures show partygoers wearing Hawaiian leis while yellow umbrellas were decorated to resemble palm palapas.
Lara was seen wearing a gold jumpsuit with high heels while holding on to her husband’s arm as they walked into the event.
The event benefitted Curetivity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to assist in the fight against pediatric cancer.
The nonprofit has raised $25million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ‘ranking us as one of the hospital’s largest non-corporate fundraising partners,’ according to its website.
Lamelas is an emergency room physician and founded the chain of MD Now Urgent Care clinics in Florida.
Eric Trump, left, and his wife Lara were pictured attending the Hawaiian-themed party on Thursday
The event benefitted Curetivity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to assist in the fight against pediatric cancer. Pictured: Eric Trump
Lara Trump holds on to her husband’s arm as they enter the charity event at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday
He is hosting another fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on April 24 featuring Trump and other GOP heavy hitters including Reps. Jim Jordan, Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Colorado Times Recorder reported.
That event costs a whopping $5,000 per couple with VIPs paying $10,000 per couple, according to an invitation obtained by the outlet.
The Colorado Times Recorder noted that Boebert’s April 24 appearance will be her second trip to West Palm Beach in three months after she co-headlined a fundraiser with Rep. Matt Gaetz in February for Sen. Mike Lee, which was also hosted by Lamelas.
On Wednesday night, Melania Trump made her second public appearance in a week when she joined her husband for dinner at a private roped-off table at Mar-a-Lago.
It was just the seventh time since Trump left office in January that Melania, 50, that was seen out and about in pictures taken by guests at the resort and shared on social media.
Trump and Melania sat next to each other at a round table outdoors at one of Mar-a-Lago’s restaurants.
Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham was pictured golfing with Donald Trump at Trump International in West Palm Beach.
Korff, left, and Donald Trump both put up a thumbs-up sign during a photo on Thursday
A woman named Lieba Nesis, right, poses with Donald Trump at the Thursday event and noted that it is also her birthday
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show Graham, 65, wearing a red polo with the logo for South Carolina – which he represents in the Senate. Trump wore his usual white polo with a red MAGA hat as the golf buddies hit the links.
After, Trump, 74, was seen in Instagram videos returning to Mar-a-Lago to cheers from his supporters.
‘How are you? Nice to see you,’ Trump said to the crowd. ‘This is a good looking crop of people.’
Graham and Trump have been seen golfing together a number of times, most recently in March when rising LPGA star Jaye Marie Green joined them for an outing.
Last week, top Fox News stars were also seen descending on the Mar-a-Lago resort for a party held by a conservative non-profit which was recently joined by the former president’s chief of staff.
Larry Kudlow, center, is seen smoking a cigarette at Mar-a-Lago during a party for the Conservative Partner Institute last week
Graham and Trump have been seen golfing together a number of times before their outing last week and the men appeared to be deep in conversation on the links
The Conservative Partner Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which was started in 2017 by former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint to promote conservatives in Washington.
It is ‘dedicated to providing a platform for citizen leaders, the conservative movement, Members of Congress, congressional staff and scholars to be connected,’ according to its site.
In January, days after Trump left office, it was announced that his former chief of staff Mark Meadows had joined the group to ‘operate behind the scenes’, according to Axios.
During that event, Larry Kudlow and Jeanine Pirro were pictured at the plush Florida resort at the event for the Conservative Partner Institute on Thursday.
Scores of maskless guests were seen enjoying themselves at the outdoor event.
In exclusive DailyMail.com photos, Kudlow is seen wearing a blue suit while smoking a cigarette, while Pirro is also seen mingling with guests.
Trump was seen speaking at the Conservative Partner Institute event in pictures posted to Instagram.