Trump brings in the billionaires for his first state dinner

Source: Politico | April 24, 2018 | Matthew Nussbaum and Rebecca Morin

Gone were the musicians and actors, the chefs and journalists. In, for President Donald Trump’s first state dinner, were businesspeople — lots and lots of them.

There was Stephen Schwarzman, the billionaire chief of Blackstone and Trump confidant, and David Rubenstein, the Carlyle Group co-founder and Washington philanthropist. Luxury goods magnate Bernard Arnault was in attendance, as were Apple CEO Tim Cook, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, KKR co-founder Henry Kravis, 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Goldman Sachs Executive Vice President John F.W. Rogers.

The industry-minded members in Trump’s Cabinet, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, were present, along with economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

Private equity baron David Hamilton and his wife, Catharine Hamilton, who founded American Friends of Versailles, were there, too.

Trump has enjoyed his newfound power to summon prominent businesspeople to meet with him at the White House, and he made use of it Tuesday night in honoring French President Emmanuel Macron.


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