Donald Trump has told friends he wants to raise $2 billion for his presidential library and museum in Florida – and has put one of his closest aides in charge of the effort.
He told a former Trump fundraiser of the astonishing demand, four times that of the $500 million Barack Obama has been raising for his, as he prepares to move to Mar-a-Lago, the Washington Post reported.
Dan Scavino, his longtime social media guru who is now left without a role after Trump was banned from virtually every platform, will be in charge.
Trump was reported to be planning to use the small-dollar donors who had powered his second presidential campaign – and who have given hundreds of millions to his doomed bid to overturn Joe Biden‘s victory.
Scavino, 45, is the longest-term aide in Trump’s circle. The two first met when Scavino was a 16-year-old golf caddy at what is now the Trump National in Westchester, New York. He later became its general manager.
Scavino is currently White House deputy chief of staff but has masterminded Trump’s twitter feed since the campaign.
The fundraiser to whom Trump confided his library plan was dismissive of it, telling the Washington Post: ‘Anyone who gives to him will be radioactive.’
Another called the plan ‘insane’ and said: ‘Except for the wackos, everybody’s running for the hills.’
Since the MAGA riot Trump has spent time with Lindsey Graham, MyPillow founder Mike Lindell – who pushed him to bring in martial law – and Jim Jordan, the Freedom Caucus leader who has been one of his most vocal public defenders.
The tradition of having a presidential library and museum goes back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who gifted his papers to the federal government in 1939, along with his New Hyde Park estate on his death.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Katelyn Caralle