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Trump will hold a fundraiser during the next Republican debate

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Former President Trump will host a closed-door fundraiser in Florida during next week’s Republican presidential debate, according to two sources familiar with the matter. It will be the first time he will not hold a public counterprogramming event. 

The fundraiser will be hosted in Hallandale Beach for Trump’s joint fundraising committee, which includes both his campaign and his leadership PAC, said one of the sources familiar with the planning. Hosting the event will be real estate developers Steve Witkoff, Howard Lorber and Kristin Bell.

In a fundraising email sent to supporters this week, Trump invited recipients to make a contribution to his joint fundraising committee to enter a contest to be his VIP guest at the Hallandale Beach event, which the email dubbed an “end-of-year” reception. 

Trump has skipped the first three Republican debates, and he intends to do so again next Wednesday, while some of his rivals will be onstage in Alabama. NewsNation is hosting the debate. 

A recorded interview between Trump and conservative pundit Tucker Carlson aired on the social media platform X during the first GOP debate. Trump held a campaign event at an auto parts company in Michigan during the second debate and hosted a campaign rally near the venue for the third debate in Miami.  

The campaign did not respond to a question about why he decided not to host a public-facing event this time.