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Gambling Tycoon Sheldon Adelson Cutting Off Trump?

Written by:
Gilbert Horowitz
Published on:
Aug/08/2020

Gambling mogul and Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson was reportedly chided by US President Donald Trump for not spending more on his reelection campaign.

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Alex Isenstadt of Politico writes that Adelson is "perhaps the only person in the party who can cut a nine-figure check to aid his reelection".

From Politico:

The 87-year-old casino mogul had reached out to Trump to talk about the coronavirus relief bill and the economy. But then Trump brought the conversation around to the campaign and confronted Adelson about why he wasn’t doing more to bolster his reelection, according to three people with direct knowledge of the call. One of the people said it was apparent the president had no idea how much Adelson, who’s donated tens of millions of dollars to pro-Trump efforts over the years, had helped him. Adelson chose not to come back at Trump. 

When word of the call circulated afterward, Republican Party officials grew alarmed the president had antagonized one of his biggest benefactors at a precarious moment in his campaign. They rushed to smooth things over with him, but the damage may have been done. 

Adelson's allies say it’s unclear whether the episode will dissuade the Las Vegas mogul — long regarded as a financial linchpin for Trump’s reelection — from helping the president down the home stretch. 

- Gilbert Horowitz, Gambling911.com

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