Trump set to speak Saturday at Newport Beach fundraiser

NEWPORT BEACH, California. (CNS) — Former President Donald Trump is expected to speak at a sold-out fundraiser in Newport Beach on Saturday, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee continues to raise money following his conviction on 34 felony counts.

Street closures began at 7 a.m. and continue until about 3 p.m., Newport Beach police said. Bayside Drive, from Jamboree Road to Pacific Coast Highway, will be closed to all vehicular traffic beginning at 7 a.m. and only local residents will be allowed entry with proof of residency, such as a photo ID, a passport or other proof of address.

Residents of the Harbor Island, Beacon Bay, Promontory Bay and Promontory Point communities will be able to access their homes during the event via Pacific Coast Highway and Bayside Drive. If visitors are expected, “every effort should be made to accompany them into your community” as they will be denied access and turned away without proof of residency, police said.

The Linda Isle community will not be directly impacted as it is a gated community, but access will be limited to Pacific Coast Highway and Bayside Drive.

Bayside Mall and Starbucks Mall will remain open, but may be impacted during the event, police said.

The Trump campaign has begun the process of formally requesting information from a small handful of potential vice presidential candidates, ABC News has learned.

Road closure times and locations are subject to change at any time, according to police.

The fundraiser is Trump’s third in three days in California. He raised $12 million at a fundraiser in San Francisco on Thursday, according to Republican National Committee member Harmeet K. Dhillon, then led a fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Friday.

Trump’s motorcade arrived around 6 p.m. at a mansion on Elm Drive, near Sunset Boulevard. A group of supporters gathered outside, many waving Trump flags or American flags and cheering as the motorcade passed.

Tickets ranged from $5,000 to attend a reception to $250,000 for the purchaser to be named chair of the event. Other ticket prices were $100,000 to participate in a panel discussion, or $40,000 or to raise $75,000 for a photo shoot.

The Trump campaign said it raised $52.8 million through its online digital fundraising platform in the 24 hours after the former president was convicted in New York on May 30 on charges stemming from a payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee announced Monday that the campaign raised $141 million in May, with more than 2 million donations, an average of $70.27 per donation. A quarter of May’s donors had never donated to the 2024 campaign, according to the campaign.

Organizations supporting Trump raised an additional $150 million in May, according to the campaign.

“President Trump raised $141 million this month because Americans remember the booming economy, secure borders, and peace through strength at home and abroad under Donald J. Trump,” Trump campaign senior advisers Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles said in a statement.

The visit is Trump’s first to Southern California since September. 29-30, when he spoke at the California Republican Party’s fall convention in Anaheim and at a fundraiser in Costa Mesa and visited the Carvel ice cream store in Westwood.

Trump is expected to travel to Las Vegas after the Newport Beach fundraiser for a rally on Sunday.

Trump’s expected opponent in November, President Joe Biden, is expected to visit the Southland next week, where he will appear alongside former President Barack Obama next Saturday at the Peacock Theater in downtown Los Angeles. George Clooney and Julia Roberts are among those expected, while Jimmy Kimmel is expected to moderate a discussion between Biden and Obama.

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