Ivanka Trump thanked Ms. Guilfoyle for working “so, so hard for the president,” a video of the event showed. After the president joined the crowd in singing happy birthday to Ms. Guilfoyle, she chanted, “Four more years!”
And Donald Trump Jr. reportedly joked that Ms. Guilfoyle would be soliciting contributions for his father’s re-election from party attendees.
“You are in this room for a reason,” he said, according to The Washington Examiner. “You guys have been the warriors, the fighters, the people who have been there every time we have made a call, every time we made a request.”
The money given to pay for the party went to Mar-a-Lago, though it is unclear if each donor individually paid the club, or if the money was pooled and paid to the club by a member, who could put the expenses on an account. Donald Trump Jr. and another attendee, John W. Giordano, a lawyer and Republican donor, are members of the club. People involved in the planning said the attendees were not solicited as part of an organized fund-raising effort.
Ms. Guilfoyle declined to answer detailed questions about the party, including who facilitated the contributions. In an email, a spokeswoman for Ms. Guilfoyle said: “All of the people who offered to support this evening have been longtime friends of Kimberly’s. None of them have to donate to see her.”
But one of the donors, Madhavan Padmakumar, an information technology executive from New York, said he had never met Ms. Guilfoyle. Mr. Padmakumar traveled to Palm Beach as part of a delegation of Indian-Americans attending the Republican Party donor retreat.
Mr. Padmakumar said he attended Ms. Guilfoyle’s party with a leader of the Indian-American delegation, Al Mason, a real estate investor and Trump fund-raiser who is friendly with Ms. Guilfoyle. Mr. Padmakumar agreed to pay $10,000 to help fund the celebration because “I was keen to have my name promoted,” he said in the text message. He noted that he was “announced” as one of the “sponsors of the party.”