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Trump Defends Dolphins Owner Ross Over Hamptons Fundraiser

"The controversy makes Steve Ross hotter," Trump said

President Donald Trump is attending a pair of fundraisers Friday in the Hamptons amid increased scrutiny of the high-dollar donors helping to finance his reelection campaign.

Among them is Stephen Ross, the real estate developer whose Related Companies owns Equinox and SoulCycle , who is hosting one of the events. He is also the majority owner of the Miami Dolphins.

Trump is praising Ross as a "great friend" and "very successful guy," and is insisting the scrutiny will actually be positive. He says, "The controversy makes Steve Ross hotter."

Trump said he is expecting to raise between $11 million and $12 million Friday afternoon. He'll then be heading to New Jersey for summer vacation at his Bedminster golf course.

At least one Dolphins player has been publicly critical of Ross hosting the event. Receiver Kenny Stills tweeted criticism about the owner's involvement with Trump earlier this week.

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