Trump leaves South Florida with $7 million for 2020 re-election

President Donald Trump left South Florida after reaping millions of dollars from one of his first major fundraising efforts this year for his 2020 re-election bid.

Trump netted $7 million from GOP donors in two events at Mar-a-Lago, the Republican National Committee said Sunday.

The fundraisers benefited Trump Victory, a joint fundraising entity between Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee.

The president also gave a speech at the Sunday event, which GOP officials said they expected 475 people to attend. About 300 people were at the Friday night fundraiser.

With the 2020 campaign well underway, Trump Victory started off 2019 with about $6 million, a portion of the $30 million it raised, according to federal campaign finance reports.

In Florida, the top contributions came from business giants — or their executives and employees — including sugar magnate Florida Crystals, developer GL Homes and the fast-food chain Wendy’s.

Trump’s personal campaign committee reported it ended 2018 with $19 million on-hand, campaign records show.

The president and first lady Melania Trump left the Mar-a-Lago resort at about 4 p.m. Sunday for the trip back to Washington, D.C. Their son Barron, the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner and their children were also on the flight.