Trump’s Wall Street-friendly advisers want to get out of retirement: What we know
“The idea is that you get out there and you have a good time, and that makes people want to stay in,” says Jim O’Neill, who advises Trump’s new campaign finance director.
O’Neil is an investment strategist who specializes in hedge funds, and he says that the Trump campaign’s move to boost its efforts in the election season “is going to be a good thing for the American people.”
“There are a lot of people who feel that the government shouldn’t be telling them what to do,” O’Donnells father, John O’Neal, told the Daily Beast in February.
“I think people will be surprised by what they see on the news and in the political environment.”
Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has made a point of praising the campaign’s recent focus on fundraising and social media in his speeches.
“We are really starting to build an army of supporters and we are building an army to take on the corruption that we see happening in Washington,” he told the Associated Press.
But as Trump’s rivals continue to raise money, the Trump team is starting to face questions about its finances.
While the Trump administration has been able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars since its inauguration, many observers question the administration’s ability to fund its campaign entirely without relying on big donations from wealthy donors.
The campaign raised more than $1.1 billion in the first half of 2017, with the largest contribution coming from Trump himself.
Trump’s financial disclosure forms, which he filed as part of his presidential bid, show that he earned nearly $4 million in 2016.
But he’s also had to contend with the political fallout of revelations about his financial ties to Russia and a series of controversies that have dogged his administration.
In May, the Washington Post reported that Trump had failed to disclose more than half a million dollars from his real estate company to the Federal Election Commission during his first months in office.
Then in June, the Federal Elections Commission announced that it had found that Trump’s presidential campaign had failed a federal election finance disclosure requirement for two months in 2016 and failed to file a quarterly financial disclosure form for six months in 2017.
“We believe that we’ve been audited,” said Trump’s financial advisor, Steve Bannon.
“It’s a very simple, transparent process.
You’re not going to get audited by the FEC.
It’s a one-time thing.”
But while the FEC said it could not rule on whether Trump’s FEC filing is legal, the commission did say that the filings should be “properly documented.”
Trump has denied the allegations, calling the reports “fake news.”
“I have never been auditing anybody.
They’re fake news,” Trump said at the time.
The Trump campaign also struggled to pay for a new campaign headquarters after a series a controversy in late April that led to the resignation of the longtime chief operating officer of the campaign, Sam Nunberg.
It’s unclear whether Trump will run again in 2020, or if he plans to run again at all.
But he’s been busy trying to build his own campaign apparatus.
Last month, he appointed three new campaign operatives to his team, including former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and former campaign chair Sam Clovis.
That could help Trump in 2020 if he decides to run for another office.
“The Trump team should be focused on the next three years,” O`Neill said.
On the campaign trail, Trump has used his platform to attack his rivals.
On Friday, he made the case for why he should run for president again: “Because I believe that America needs a president who can lead, and I believe in the American dream,” he said.
“Because I’m not going anywhere, I’m going to continue to serve this country as president of the United States.”