Rick Perry hosted a dinner at the posh Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Monday, marking the former Texas governor’s latest overture to the New York donor class as he mulls a potential 2016 White House run.
The gathering attracted about 40 to 50 guests and there was no fee to attend, two attendees told CNN. Among the guests were John Catsimatidis, former New York City mayoral candidate and billionaire owner of the grocery chain Gristedes, and CNBC host Larry Kudlow.
At the dinner, Perry discussed a range of issues including national security, energy policy and the education system, and was also sharply critical of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy decisions.
“He was very critical of Obama not bombing Syria early in the game and not arming the so-called ‘moderate insurgents’ in Syria and also not taking stronger measures regarding ISIS,” Kudlow said.
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