President Trump arrives in San Antonio for closed-door fundraiser

April 10, 2019

President Donald Trump has arrived in San Antonio for a closed-door fundraiser at The Argyle, the exclusive dinner club in Alamo Heights.

A group of supporters were on hand to welcome the president Wednesday afternoon; no protesters were evident.

Air Force One landed at the San Antonio International Airport in the late morning. Once they were on the ground, Trump rode in a limousine to the private club behind a motorcade of police motorcycles, cruisers and ambulance trucks.

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“Through the tinted windows, we saw him press up and wave,” said Shari Pearson, decked in American-flag-decorated regalia and holding a Trump flag. “And of course, I saw the hair. I said, ‘That’s Donald Trump’s hair.’”

Pearson said there were about 50 people gathered near Crescent Street.

Anne McGarraugh, 48, and her mother, Diane Weigle, also came to catch a sight of the president. They said it was exciting to see the president in their home city.

“We love Trump,” Weigle said. “He’s doing the very best he can for this country.”

Trump’s event at The Argyle is a fundraiser. Republican National Committee Ronna Romney McDaniel, traveling in Trump’s entourage, said they expect to bring in $6 million at the event.

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The president’s presence in San Antonio led Julián Castro, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, to hold a rally downtown protesting Trump’s immigration policies. The rally starts at 6 p.m. at Hemisfair Park.

Castro was mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014 and also led the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama.

It is the president’s ninth time visiting Texas since he took office and the third this year.

After the San Antonio event, Trump was heading to Houston.

Staff writer Jeremy Wallace contributed to this report. Dylan McGuinness covers City Hall and local politics in San Antonio. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dylan.mcguinness@express-news.net | Twitter: @DylMcGuinness