Hillary Clinton Staffer: Donald Trump Probably ‘Hurt Her Feelings’ By Suggesting She Attends Events for Money

Hillary Rodham Clinton
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August 7, 2015

The communications director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign said that Republican candidate Donald Trump likely "hurt" Clinton’s feelings during the first GOP debate in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday night.

According the exclusive look into the Clinton campaign debate watch party offered to NPR, communications director Jennifer Palmieri disputed Trump’s claim during the debate that Clinton attended his wedding in 2005 to model Melania Knauss because of the money he once donated to the Clinton Foundation.

"It hurt her feelings, I’m sure, to hear him suggest that he didn’t want her there for her company," Palmieri told reporters at the event, which took place at the Clinton campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.

Before announcing her presidential campaign, Clinton typically demanded $300,000 from universities and other organizations to attend events at which she delivered speeches, in addition to requesting a presidential suite, travel via private jet, hotel accommodations for her staff and often vegetable crudité.

On Thursday night, approximately 50 staffers gathered in the Brooklyn headquarters at which Clinton herself does not maintain an office, directed by campaign manager Robby Mook to fact check statements made by Republican candidates about the former secretary of state.

Meanwhile, Clinton herself was in Hollywood, mingling with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and other celebrities at a $2,700-per-head Los Angeles fundraiser that netted her campaign upwards of $675,000.

Clinton shared a photo of herself with Kardashian and West on Instagram, labeling them "new friends."