Donald Trump appears at downtown Detroit fund-raiser

DETROIT - Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that Donald Trump's fund-raiser in Detroit was held in a building owned by Dan Gilbert. The extent of Dan Gilbert's participation in the event is unknown. 

Capping his latest campaign swing through Michigan, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump followed up a noisy public event in Novi on Friday afternoon with what was reported as a private big-dollar fundraiser in downtown Detroit hosted by Quicken Loans billionaire, and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.

With police cars and Secret Service agents ringing the Gilbert-owned Chrysler House building in Detroit's financial district  just west of Campus Martius Park -- and encircling the adjacent former Federal Reserve bank building, also owned by Gilbert, whose second floor is leased by the Free Press -- Trump's motorcade was whisked through a freight entrance shortly after 7 p.m.

Campaign officials stationed inside the Chrysler House lobby were mum about the event, and reporters were kept well away from both Trump and the supporters who attended what was said to be a high-ticket-per-plate event. Trump's motorcade pulled out at about 8 p.m.

The event may have occurred inside the sleek dPop offices in the building's basement. dPop designs contemporary office spaces and is run by Gilbert's wife, Jennifer Gilbert. One guest was overhead saying "I'm with the AG," an apparent reference to state Attorney General Bill Schuette. But guests were squired into the building with almost as much speed and secrecy as was Trump, so it was unclear just who among Michigan's GOP elite were in attendance.

Earlier, Trump played to an audience in Novi that he said was hungry for change, disenfranchised from the political system, stuck with stagnant or non-existent wages and deeply opposed to four more years of a Democratic presidency.

Detroit Free Press staffers Kathleen Gray, Bill Laitner, J.C. Reindl, Brent Snavely and Ashley Woods contributed to this report.

 


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