Trump’s former Veterans Affairs secretary and an ex-Republican senator attend Joe Biden fundraiser at Wall Street tycoon’s home but Elizabeth Warren slams frontrunner for spending time with millionaires
- Biden attended a $2,800-a-head fundraiser at the home of a New York investor
- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who was confirmed under Trump and also served in the Obama administration
- Trump forced out Shulkin following a report on wasteful spending, then nominated White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, who’s nomination was soon withdrawn
- Also there was New York Republican Sen. Al D’Amato and billionaire supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis
Joe Biden’s fundraiser at the home of a New York Wall Street executive drew the attendance of former Trump Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin as well as former Republican Senator Al D’Amato.
The $2,800-per-head event, at the Manhattan home of Wall Street executive Jim Chanos, also included billionaire and past Trump supporter John Catsimatides, who owns the Gristedes supermarket chain and dined with Trump last year.
Trump nominated Shulkin to serve as run the Veterans’ department as he made Veterans’ medical care a top issue in his campaign.
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s fundraiser at the home of a New York Wall Street executive drew a former Republican Senator and President Trump’s former VA Secretary
But he ultimately forced him out following an inspector general’s report on wasteful spending.
Trump announced his decision on Twitter in 2018 as he also revealed he would nominate White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson to the post. That nomination soon unraveled.
Also there was longtime New York Republican stalwart, Sen. Al D’Amato, who is now a lobbyist with Park Strategies. They were joined by investor and former Barack Obama fundraiser Robert Wolf and New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
The event, hours after Biden spoke at the Poor People’s Campaign, a forum run by clergy members in Washington Monday, highlighted his strength as a fundraiser as he continues to lead the Democratic field in national and battleground polls.
Some attendees at Joe Biden’s fundraiser had connections to President Trump, who trails Biden in national head-to-head early poll matchups
Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a swipe at other rivals for meeting ‘behind closed doors with a bunch of millionaires’
‘Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity,’ Biden said at the event in the East Side penthouse event. ‘Everyone should be given half a chance. You know, you guys are great but Wall Street didn’t build America. You guys are incredibly important but you didn’t build America. Ordinary, hard-working, middle-class people given half the chance is what built America,’ he said, as a pool reporter who attended the event noted.
D’Amato, a prolific fundraiser when he was a candidate, donated to former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who ended up being the last GOP challenger standing against Trump, during the 2016 Republican primaries.
Rival Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a swipe at Biden on Monday.
‘I’m doing more than 100 town halls now. I’ve been I’ve been to a lot of places around this country, I’ve taken more than 2000 unfiltered questions from folks shoot over 30,000 selfies now,’ she said. ‘Ask yourself why I’ve got the time to do that, and most other candidates done. And the reason is, because I’m not spending that time behind closed doors with a bunch of millionaires.’