2017-10-08 01:50:05 UTC
WASHINGTON — As Las Vegas mourned, Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday and discussed what they could do to help the victims of the mass shooting on the Strip.
The afternoon meeting was pre-arranged and set to discuss policy, said Andy Abboud, who serves as senior vice president of Government Relations for the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
But the Adelsons and Trump also discussed the shooting and what they might do to help victims, he said.
The Adelsons, who have donated generously to Trump and his campaigns, also wanted to meet Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, he said.
Son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, whose portfolio includes the president’s dream of brokering a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, also attended the meeting, Abboud said.
The Adelsons reportedly have been disappointed in Trump’s failure to keep a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on his first day in office.
The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson.
Just last week Mike Bolognini, vice president and market leader for Cox Las Vegas, was in Washington, D.C., speaking with members of Congress about the need for additional counterterrorism funding.
“There we were in Washington, pressing not only our congressional delegation but also the other congressmen and senators that we met with about funding and the fact there is a major problem,” Bolognini said.
The Department of Homeland Security has undervalued Las Vegas’ relative risk of terrorism, he said, which depresses the level of Urban Area Security Initiative funding Las Vegas receives for terrorism preparedness and response overall.
Bolognini was one about 100 other business and government leaders representing the Las Vegas Metro Chamber on its annual lobbying trip. Bolognini arrived Sunday evening, right before McCarran International Airport shut down in response to the mass shooting at Mandalay Bay.