President Trump hosts $35,000 per plate re-election fundraising dinner at Trump Hotel

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, The Trump International Hotel in Washington. President Donald Trump will hold his first re-election fundraiser at his own hotel in Washington on June 28, 2017. The president began his 2020 campaign on the day he was inaugurated and raised at least $7 million by the end of March. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - President Donald Trump was sworn in just five months ago, but he is already fundraising to be re-elected.

Wednesday his motorcade rolled by dozens of protesters who lined the D.C. hotel that bears his name.

Inside the Trump International Hotel, hundreds of donors attended a glamorous fundraiser - for $35,000 a plate.

Critics called the fundraiser controversial because the president has a financial stake in the hotel.

Reporters were not allowed inside.

Outside, protesters shouted about various issues, from the president’s proposed border wall to his controversial health care bill, which would cut Medicaid.

“The only reason I have been able to maintain my independence is because I am a recipient of Medicaid,” said Andrewa Lavant, who is in a wheelchair.

Marta Conner’s 7-year old-daughter, Caroline, uses Medicaid for help with a neurological disorder that prevents her from walking, talking and chewing.

“Spend some time with kids like Caroline. You’ll see for yourself what Medicaid does,” said Conner.

Senators were expected to vote on the health care proposal this week, but the vote has been delayed.

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