DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - President Donald Trump will spend Thursday afternoon and evening in Dallas, attending a roundtable followed by a fundraiser.
The president is scheduled to land at Love Field and then travel to Gateway Church in North Dallas at 3 p.m. The White House says he will spend two hours at the church discussing a plan for "for holistic revitalization and recovery" and how "the private and public sector can work together to uplift our most vulnerable communities.”
The White House says the meeting will include faith leaders, law enforcement and small business owners.
"It certainly behooves him to appear with small business owners, particularly minority small business owners, so he can be seen to be taking tangible measures that touch both on economic recovery and also speak to minority empowerment in the wake of the George Floyd situation," says SMU political science professor Matthew Wilson.
President Trump will then attend a private fundraiser at a home in Dallas. The location was not provided.
His campaign expects between 12 and 24 people to attend, with admission costing $580,600 per couple, which will include a picture with the president. His campaign hopes to raise $10 million.
A Quinnipiac poll released June 3 showed Donald Trump leading Joe Biden 45-44 percent in Texas. The poll showed 54 percent of respondents believed Trump would handle the economy more effectively; 49 percent said Biden would handle health care better compared to 43 percent for Trump.
"He'd like to be doing better, but I don't think he's in a 'freak-out' mode," Wilson says. "During his presidency, his approval rating has bounced around from a low of around 40 percent to a high of around 50 percent. He's moved within a fairly narrow band."
Trump does not plan any public events while in Dallas. He will leave after the fundraiser and fly to New Jersey. He plans another fundraiser this weekend at his golf club there.
The Trump campaign says everyone attending will have their temperature checked and must have a negative COVID-19 test Thursday. The president has not held a public rally since March 2.
"Usually, he'd have a big rally," Wilson says. "Big rallies are really the life-blood of his campaign. He loves these crowded events where he feeds off the energy of the crowd."
The Trump campaign does plan its first rally since March a week from Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.