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Trump to speak at Republican Jewish Coalition conference for 2nd straight year

Venue for March 14 appearance is owned by Sheldon Adelson, a major benefactor of the RJC and Republican campaigns

US President Donald Trump gestures after speaking during the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas, April 6, 2019. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images/via JTA)
US President Donald Trump gestures after speaking during the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas, April 6, 2019. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images/via JTA)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — US President Donald Trump will speak at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual conference for the second consecutive year.

The venue for the March 14 appearance, the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, is owned by Sheldon Adelson, a major benefactor of the RJC and Republican campaigns, including Trump’s.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump rarely enters into neutral or hostile political territory and thus mostly speaks to groups that favor him.

That preference extends to pro-Israel groups. Trump has not attended an American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference since 2016, when the group rebuked him for disparaging then-sitting President Barack Obama from its stage.

US President Donald Trump receives a menorah from Las Vegas Sands Corporation Chief Executive and Republican mega donor Sheldon Adelson, left, and his wife Miriam Adelson at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Hollywood, Florida., December 7, 2019. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

In the last year, however, he has spoken to two groups that are favored by Adelson: the RJC and the Israeli American Council.

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