President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are expected to join Vice President Mike Pence at a Washington fundraiser on Tuesday night for his political action committee.
White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said their presence is intended to “dispel the rumors” that Pence is trying to distance himself from the president as the Russia probe continues to expand.
“We’re showing solidarity between the Trump family and the Pence team,” Scaramucci said.
“The administration is gluing together. We’re all joined at the hip,” he added.
Pence’s unusual decision to set up his own fundraising vehicle, dubbed the Great America Committee, so early in Trump’s first term sparked speculation that he was looking to advance his own political interests.
An official in Pence’s office dismissed that notion, saying that the committee was created to transfer funds that were tied up in Pence’s Indiana gubernatorial accounts for federal campaign use, which includes offsetting the cost of travel on Air Force Two to political events.
In addition to Ivanka Trump and Kushner, GOP congressional leaders are slated to attend the Capitol Hill event, where the minimum donation is $5,000 per person. Funds raised by the committee will be directed primarily at supporting House and Senate candidates in 2018, according to the Pence official.