Report: Trump Brought A Convicted War Criminal To His Saturday Fundraiser

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Attendees of the fundraiser said the no media or cell phones rule turned Trump into a "total comedian."

President Donald Trump was in “rare form” at the Republican Party of Florida’s annual Statesman’s Dinner on Saturday night, those who attended told The Miami Herald — and part of that form included bringing two pardoned war criminals onto the stage.

Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, both of whom Trump pardoned last week for war crimes, joined the president on stage before the 1,000 attendees at the event, which raised $3.5 million for the state party that night.

Lorance was 13 years into his 19-year sentence after being convicted of “ordering his soldiers shoot at unarmed men in Afghanistan,” and Golsteyn was set “to stand trial for the 2010 extrajudicial killing of a suspected bomb maker” when Trump intervened.

Donors who attended the event were required to “check their cell phones into individual locked cases before they entered the unmarked ballroom” at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort and Spa in Aventura, The Herald reported.

Media were also kept from the ballroom, giving Trump the freedom to conduct himself as he saw fit — resulting in the president transforming into a “total comedian,” attendees said.

Trump spoke for over an hour, according to the report.

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