Melania Trump event postponed due to fundraising issues

“Tulips and topiaries will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience – an afternoon of sophisticated elegance in elaborate and lush floral gardens designed to inspire giving, hope, possibility and dreams,” said Press release his office said in January. She later sent an opinion on his new social media account with Parler.

But Ms Trump, in a statement to The New York Times, said she was not organizing the event and was just a participant. (Ms. Moffet said the state has separately concluded that Mrs. Trump did not solicit funds in a way that would require her to register.) She declined to say whether the money raised during the planned event would be used to pay her personally, and instead criticized questions about the event.

“The media has created a narrative in which I try to act illegally or unethically,” she wrote in a statement last month. “This portrayal is simply false and negatively affects the children I hope to support. Those who attack my initiatives and create the appearance of impropriety are literally dream killers. They have quashed children’s hopes and dreams by trying to cancel me.

Melania Trump and former President Donald J. Trump have both raised private funds aggressively in the year since he left public office. Mr Trump published a $75 coffee table book, toured arenas, hosted an event with Whip Fundraising last December and is behind a new social media company.

Even though Mr. Trump organizes political rallies, he has set aside time for profit-making events. On March 19, he spoke at an arena in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where “presidential” level tickets sell for nearly $3,000.

Mrs. Trump held an online conference auction in january to sell a hat she wore to the White House in 2018. More recently, she started what she says is a series of one-off virtual photograph sales – called NFTs – of her and Mr. Trump during events at the White House, a promotion it started on presidents day it will generate up to $500,000 in revenue if all 10,000 items sell. So far, its website suggests that more than 6,100 of these items have been sold for $50 each.

Mr. Keltner on Thursday declined to provide a new date or venue for the rescheduled event. The website that offered tickets to the Naples event was taken down, a move Mr Keltner attributed in part to bots which he said had attacked the site “non-stop”.

Shane Goldmacher contributed report.

Joseph K. Bennett