Las Vegas gaming tycoon and Israel Hayom proprietor Sheldon Adelson.
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Billionaire casino magnate and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, met with President Donald Trump at the White House and discussed how to help the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
The Adelsons visited the White House on Monday afternoon in a meeting that had been arranged prior to Sunday night’s shooting attack that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 wounded, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported. Adelson purchased the newspaper in December 2015.
The meeting reportedly had been scheduled to talk policy, but the Adelsons and Trump also discussed the shooting and what they might do to help victims, Andy Abboud, senior vice president of Government Relations for Adelson’s Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Las Vegas Sands Corp told the newspaper.
Trump son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner also attended the meeting, according to the report.
The Adelsons were large contributors to Trump’s 2016 presidential run
. Adelson reportedly has been pressing Trump to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Adelson also is a close friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and owns the free daily Hebrew-language newspaper Israel Hayom, which has generally taken a pro-Netanyahu stance.
Adelson, who lives in Las Vegas, has not made any public statements on the shooting and has not made any public donations to the recovery efforts following the shooting.