Trump adds events to his Iowa trip next month
Donald Trump is adding events to his Iowa trip next month, his political consultant told The Des Moines Register Tuesday.
Trump has RSVP’ed for a dinner party with Gov. Terry Branstad and Steve Bruere, the president of Peoples Company, a land brokerage firm. And he will join the lineup at the Iowa Freedom Summit, which will feature several GOP potential presidential candidates and other keynote speakers.
“I have always loved visiting Iowa. I look forward to these two special events,” Trump told the Register in a statement.
Trump, a business mogul famous for his real estate development work and his stardom in a reality TV series, was already scheduled to speak on Jan. 23 at the 2015 Land Investment Expo, an annual real estate conference in West Des Moines.
Trump’s political consultant, Sam Nunberg, said the New Yorker is now confirmed for three engagements in Iowa.
At 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, Trump will attend a private dinner at the Stine Barn in West Des Moines. The dinner invitation asks guests to join Bruere, Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Trump “and other prominent leaders.”
Peoples Company hosts the dinner every year, but it will be higher-profile — and harder to keep the guest list to 40 or 50 — than in the past, Bruere told the Register.
“Every presidential election at this time of year, Donald seems to surface,” Bruere said. “He likes to put his name out there one way or another and at least offer his opinion. One can only suspect the reason he accepted this year is because it’s a caucus year, and he wants to stir things up.”
Trump has toyed with a White House bid numerous times since 1988 — and attracted plenty of national media coverage — but has never officially become a candidate. He briefly considered a run as an independent in 2000, then dropped hints about his interest in 2008 and 2012 in the months before the presidential nomination voting began. Iowa is home to the first votes in the nomination process.
On Saturday, Jan. 24, Trump will speak at the inaugural political summit that U.S. Rep. Steve King and the conservative group Citizens United are hosting. Other confirmed speakers at the daylong event are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson; former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Utah U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former U.S. ambassador John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
Trump was last in Iowa in October to campaign for King. His aides say they are already in discussion for future 2015 visits.
At the Land Investment Expo, other speakers will include Dennis Gartman, editor and publisher of The Gartman Letter; Eric O’Keefe, editor of The Land Report; and Susan Payne, executive chairman of Emvest Agriculture Corp., Africa.