BLOG: Report: Trump a no-show at convention donor meeting

Katherine Ranzenberger

The Trump campaign continues to insist a speech by the candidate's wife at the Republican National Convention Monday night did not plagiarize portions of first lady Michelle Obama's Democratic convention speech eight years earlier.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to introduce his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Here's something else that didn't happen in Cleveland, according to Time: "Donald Trump Misses Meeting With Corporate Donors in Cleveland"

"... The group of 40 from companies such as Continental Resources, BNSF Railway and C Spire mingled with Republican members of Congress around breakfast tables set up on one of the stadium’s concourses. The Republican representatives addressed the group, ostensibly stalling for Trump. Rep. Tom Price from Georgia mentioned the plagiarism scandal over Trump’s wife Melania’s speech the evening before. Price blamed the liberal media, who he said, had made the whole thing up, according to people present.

"Eventually, though, the speeches ran out and Trump never showed. He had, they found out later, unexpectedly flown back to New York overnight with no word on when he might return. The group was led out to the football field, where the Cleveland Browns play, to take pictures before they were let go with no information about when and if a third meeting might take place.

"... Conventions are traditionally massive fundraising opportunities for candidates and parties who schmooze donors with concerts, prime convention tickets, booze and plenty of face-to-face time. As he has in other areas of his campaign, Trump seems to be bucking tradition, though whether his fundraising will subsequently suffer still remains to be seen."