Trump cancellation draws wrath of Iowa GOP
May 19th, 2011
06:21 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump cancellation draws wrath of Iowa GOP

Washington (CNN) – The Iowa Republican party chairman canceled a major fundraiser Thursday and blasted Donald Trump for breaking his commitment to speak at the June event.

Trump was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Lincoln dinner. But on Thursday he informed the party he was canceling his appearance. Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn didn't hold back his disdain.

"In Iowa, your word is your bond. We are disappointed Mr. Trump has chosen not to honor his commitment to Iowa Republicans," Strawn said in a statement.

On Monday, just after Trump announced he would not be seeking the Republican presidential nomination, he told party officials he was reassessing his commitment.

The dinner was expected to be a major draw and had been moved to a larger venue.

Several of the other Republican contenders have been appearing at events sponsored by the party.

A spokesman for Trump did not respond to a request for comment on the cancellation.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    What a surprise!
    Trump making useless noise and letting people depend on his word (which he seems proud of breaking).

    May 19, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. vet in texas

    OK GOP, if Trump was able to fool some of you, and W was able to fool all you, then what makes you think Gingrich, Palin, Bachmann, Santorum, Pawlenty, Paul, and Romney are not trying to fool you? A true conservative can no more be in the white house than a true liberal. America is mixed with all races, religions, creeds, and political views so you must compromise on alot of things. If not, you will be fooled by all of the people the way W did to the whole world. Take your time and find someone who really will lead the country for all, not for some of a very small but powerful group. Think about all of these candidates, think really hard because there are alot of Americans who lost alot of good friends and family all in the name of lies, deception, fraud, and profit!

    May 19, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. malcolm in St Louis

    you get what you paid for. ( a big fat zero.)

    May 19, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Dave's a republican thing.

    May 19, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. WyoWind

    You were foolish to "count" on Donald Trump. Donald Trump is in it for Donald Trump. He has a reputation of not following through with commitments. Ask the people who have lost a lot of money in his real estate ventures that went belly-up. He in my opinion would have been a very poor president.

    May 19, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Sarah Palin

    With his flirtation with a presidential run, Trump got the publicity he needed to promote "Celebrity Apprentice", so of course he doesn't need to speak at the convention. Try him again when he has something to promote.

    May 19, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. John

    Well, he played you too. And you didn't see that coming?

    May 19, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Florida Joe

    They are surprised that a fellow Republican didn't keep his word? Amazing.............

    May 19, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The Iowa Republicans have only themselves to blame. You had to be living a fantasy, not paying attention to Trump's history, to believe that he was actually serious about running for POTUS. As soon as he submitted financial records, do you realize how many lawsuits he would loose, and how many more would get re-opened for past fraud? Okay, let's say that just wanted him to come and stir up the base. I guess the email moves slowly in Iowa. The party is trying to distance themselves from Trump.

    May 19, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Sean in DC

    My guess is that Mr. Strawn couldn't care less about Trump's commitment to the party. My guess is that Strawn stood to make money from the event ("fundraiser" can mean many things) in some way and Trump's absence will hurt his bottom line. That would be so much more of a republican explanation 🙂

    May 19, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Marion

    Anyone notice Trump has not spoken publicly since the Correspondence dinner.....but only to say he was not running? Correct me if I am wrong.

    May 19, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. markiejoe

    Trump is not going because he knows he's going to end up voting for Obama.

    May 19, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. GaryB

    People who thought that having a "businessman" like Trump in the White House was a great idea never had any clue as to how Trump conducts business. This is classic Trump and it's indicative of the almost psychopathic mindset of an unfortunately large number of CEOs and corporate board members (especially those who inherited their start in the business world). He has little regard for business fairness, ethics or honor. He even brags about how he's used corporate bankruptcy to enhance his personal wealth. Guys like this do more damage to our economy than all illegal aliens and welfare recipients combined, yet a frightenly large number of Americans were willing to put this guy in the White House.

    May 19, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Patrick from Minnesota

    Sad. They actually thought he was running. Sucks to be them.

    May 19, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. John Nemesh

    The funny thing is...he actually expected Trump to keep his word! Priceless!

    May 19, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Sam

    I hope, if there was anyone, who thought the Donald was going to be there for them, hopefully realized he is not that reliable, unless that benefits him.

    May 19, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Republican's Are Fraud's !

    Trump got what he wanted out of the GOP , free publicity ! Now he has tossed them aside like old wet garbage ! It serves them right for putting on a pedestal anyone who gets up and spouts a bunch of nonsense ! But it seems lately that all the front runners are dropping out on the GOP ! I hope this trend continues !

    May 19, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. Laura518

    Sorry...that's their fault for taking this guy seriously. No one with half a brain thought he was really running......

    May 19, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Trump is a quitter. Pure and simple. He blasts anyone who has the nerve to quit his pitiful show, but he has no problem with lying to the entire country and then not following through on what he says. The saddest part is he doesn't see the irony of his hypocrisy because his ridiculous ego simply won't allow it.

    May 19, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. Boo Hoo Baynor

    Go hide in shame Mr. Trump!

    May 19, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Drew Williams

    Oh no, the head honcho for the Iowa Republicans doesn't think much of the Donald. All Trump has left now is a few hundred million dollars in the bank, a lifetime of income, and a reputation for not giving a craapp what anyone thinks of him. Whatsoever shall he do?

    May 19, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. springthecat

    This is the same Trump who lambasted Jon Stewart for not showing up at a fund raiser for his buds..Trump should write a letter to himself criticizing his own character.... just like he did to Jon Stewart. And give it to the media.. like he also did.

    May 19, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Chris

    It just goes to show what a hypocrite Trump is. How many times have we heard him blast Jerry Seinfeld for canceling on a Trump fundraiser? He says he holds grudges. Well, Iowa can hold grudges too.

    May 19, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. Animenut

    I think Trump's play for publicity will cost him far more that it will gain him. I used to be indifferent to him. Now it disgusts me to look at him.

    May 19, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |