Hackles were raised on some of President Donald J. Trump’s biggest Iowa supporters over the weekend after a picture of Summit CEO Bruce Rastetter at Mar-a-Lago floated around the state.
However, a senior Trump campaign official told The Iowa Standard that the Trump campaign is very much attuned to the unpopularity of the CO2 pipeline projects. The campaign does not appreciate people who visit Mar-a-Lago and either directly or indirectly insinuate that Trump supports a project — any project.
Rastetter was at Mar-a-Lago as a guest at the America First Policy Institute gala, which was attended by more than 1,000 people. Rastetter was not scheduled to meet with President Trump and the event was not hosted by Trump or the campaign.
The campaign official said the team recognizes it is a “deeply unpopular” project and it does not appreciate anyone insinuating Trump supports a particular project or agenda just because someone attends the event.
While the campaign is “very much aware” of the concerns Iowans have with the pipeline and eminent domain abuse, Trump supports domestic energy production, supported ethanol, but remains undecided on this particular issue for the moment.