White House Correspondents' Dinner: Eric Trump, Omarosa Say Donald Will Be the Next President
Trump's family met with the political elite and Hollywood celebrities at the annual gala.
In a hallway in the Washington Hilton Hotel packed with black-tie-clad partygoers on Saturday for the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, Eric Trump met John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
Trump, the younger son of Donald Trump and the GOP presidential frontrunner’s former wife Ivana, along with his wife, Lara Yunaska, chatted politely with Earnest and exchanged greetings with the other Democrats including Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications chief.
“It’s weird,” Eric Trump told a tight-lipped Podesta, referring to the upcoming campaign fight. “It’s exciting.”
Trump posed for a picture with Donna Brazile, the Democratic pundit and former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. Brazile explained that she is from Louisiana. “We’re nice to everyone,” she said. Abedin told The Hollywood Reporter that she had no harsh words for the younger Trump.
“They’re very nice people. His sister is a good friend,” Abedin said of Trump’s sister Ivanka, a fellow New Yorker.
Those were among the clubby connections made and maintained at an ineffable and elite nexus of politics and entertainment. Presiding over the mingling of big names from Hollywood and politics were Washington journalists, hardly at their most probing.
Many, a few drinks into the night, were eager to meet celebrities and to ignore the more mundane political figures they usually chase.
Obama’s guests, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Helen Mirren may have set off the most flashbulbs when they walked the red carpet. But an informal survey Saturday suggested that Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, stars of Comedy Central’s Broad City, perhaps because their characters seem approachable, were the stars many reporters at the event hoped most to meet.
Trump, who was chaperoned by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, attended the annual event along with his older brother, Donald Jr., and his wife, Vanessa.
Both brothers told reporters they were game for expected shots at their father from President Obama, who was making his final speech at the dinner, and host Larry Wilmore.
But Eric Trump also struck a cocky note. He predicted his father, whose last appearance at the dinner drew famous mockery from Obama over his birther claims, would return triumphant next year. “He’ll be the president,” Trump said in a brief interview.
Omarosa Manigault, a Trump follower, agreed. “Next year, Donald will be delivering the laughs and the punch lines," the former Apprentice star, wearing a bright yellow dress, said from the red carpet.
Omarosa attended the event as a guest of April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks. The former reality show contestant said she and Ryan are close despite their political differences. Omarosa calls herself a "Trumplican," while, she said, Ryan supports Democrats.
“No, I don’t,” Ryan quickly corrected her. “I support equality.”
“That’s vague,” said Omarosa. “I don’t know what that means.” The two women then walked off to attend a party together.