Punishing St Jude is not fair.
Eric Trump was forced to announce that he would cease fund-raising for his charity, which has given so much for children with cancer ..
Sad, as he said ..
BUT .. Also confusing.
I was invited by Eric’s mother, Ivana, to witness what her youngest son (with Donald) was doing for helping children with cancer. She was proud! AND – she has every reason to be!!!
I have been friends with the family since I was the “Fox Interviewer” when I was in my 20s .. I was based in NY.
But years later, when Ivana mentioned “Children for Cancer” – I really wanted to witness what Eric was doing ..
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It is in the public records, that Cherie Blair convinced me to host a charity for children with cancer, with her in London. I have always considered London as, “MY Other Home” (beside our places in the US) .. So I agreed.
Cherie was then the wife of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. I was happy to sponsor and host the evening, inviting wealthy friends and media owners, editors. It was a private evening! Yet – I wanted the word about the need of families with children battling cancer – would go out ..
We invited couple of children, determined to win (over cancer) and their families ..
The reception at the penthouse could not be more emotional! Cherie Blair – encouraged by me, made peace with some media editor guests who had been publishing articles which she frankly hated .. They were extending a hand too .. Same goes for donors ..
At this special evening – we all focused on the children (and their families!) in need ..
Everyone from Cherie to the donors, media editors sent to Bill and I, excited “Thank YOU” notes afterwards.
For me – a note from 2 of the children, telling me, they felt so many people routing for them was worth all my efforts and donations .. That is in a country, where I don’t live ..
Yet – cancer has no borders ..
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Punishing St Jude for political reasons does not make sense
Back to Eric ..
While the media was raving about our evening, and Cherie’s commitment ..
NO! Nobody suggested, that people gave money to children with cancer, in order to get access to her husband ..
Let us be realistic: If one gives lots of money to a political candidate – he or she will have a direct access to power (local? Or – federal?).
That is the way, our system works ..
So if wealthy people wanted access to Donald Trump – they could have donated to his campaign directly (or through RNC) ..
They did not have to go around the bush, and donate to one of his children’s charities ..
I KNOW IT FIRST HAND! I CONVINCED SEVERAL HEAVY DONORS TO SWITCH TO TRUMP (FROM OTHER CANDIDATES), QUITE EARLY ON .. THEY DID SWITCH! THEY DONATED .. THEY MET WITH TRUMP!!
This is the way, our democratic system works ..
Nothing is perfect ..
Unless one crosses the line – Nothing is wrong.
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Eric Trump has been fundraising for St. Jude hospital for years. He has done it from all his heart! He told me ..
Now – I have been fortunate to be friends with head of states, royals, Hollywood A Listers ..
I observe .. I know who does charity for the sake of saying, “I am charitable ..”
I know who is for real ..
Eric is the real-deal.
He is passionate .. He brought funds in.
He asked me to bring couple of famous names for the auction. I was bought in a minute ..
He was working on it ..
His father, mother and siblings were sitting with us ..We got so emotional .. He made me jump on the stage, joining his family and several celebrities and pledge for more ..
Huge excitement, to give to the C word ..That word, everybody is so scared off ..
And now – he would not be able to raise money for this much needed charity ..
Because the country is SO divided ..
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I know the Clintons, and I hosted for them fundraisers ..
I am sure, the Clinton Foundation (which I had given money to) has been doing important things ..
Yet – there is a big difference between a ruler of a country, giving millions to the foundation, and getting a precious meeting with the secretary of state, trying to change the US policy ..
AND .. And – getting a social access to the Trump family ..
KEEP IT IN MIND: THE $50,000 (coffee with Ivanka) – would have helped children with cancer!
* No idea about the new charity, that Eric and Donnie were attached to .. I understand, it was without their knowledge ..
Here, I AM JUST TALKING ABOUT ERIC’S CHARITY FOR ST JUDE, AND THE CHILDREN WHO DEPEND ON IT BADLY.
So the question is, why are they punishing St. Jude?