Trump's Patron-in-Chief: Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson - 2018-10-10
Late on a Thursday evening in February 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plane landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for his first visit with President Donald Trump. A few hours earlier, the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's Boeing 737, which is so large it can seat 149 people, touched down at Reagan National Airport after a flight from Las Vegas.
Adelson dined that night at the White House with Trump, Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, were among Trump's biggest benefactors, writing checks for $20 million in the campaign and pitching in an additional $5 million for the inaugural festivities.
Listen: Trump, Inc. "Trump, Inc." is a joint reporting project from WNYC Studios and ProPublica that digs deep into the mysteries of the President's businesses. What We Found The Trump administration has helped advance some of mega-donor Sheldon Adelson's financial interests. During Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's visit to Mar-a-Lago, Trump raised Adelson's bid to build a casino in Japan, according to two sources. The GOP's tax law includes previously undetailed benefits to companies like Adelson's. Adelson helped an Israeli friend's company secure an EPA research deal. Internal objections were overruled.