FOX & Friends anchor Pete Hegseth had dinner in a kosher Manhattan steakhouse with a group of dignitaries, hosted by the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce. The meeting took place on the evening prior to his interview with President Trump in Indiana which aired on Thursday.
Duvi Honig, Founder and CEO of the Chamber, and Dr. Joseph Frager, Executive VP of the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee, led a discussion they described as "intriguing" with Mr. Hegseth on a variety of key issues.
In particular, the two Chamber leaders focused on healthcare reform and tax reform, two top items on the President’s agenda. They elaborated upon the current predicament facing working class families, where the tax code and prohibitive cost of private health insurance discourage many breadwinners from working to increase their incomes.
“Influencing public policy to benefit hard workers and business owners has always been a top priority of the Chamber,” Honig explains. “It's important to relay the economic realities Americans face to both elected officials and all those who communicate with them.”
Several business and political personalities attended the dinner as well, including NYC mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis and Chele Farley, NYS Republican Party Finance Chair.
Honig, Frager, and Mrs. Odeleya Jacobs, VP of Business Development and Public Policy, as well as other Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce members enjoy a longstanding close relationship with Hegseth, a war hero and considered a dynamic media personality. When Honig was honored in the summer at the Ateret Cohanim Jerusalem Chai dinner chaired by Frager, Hegseth personally attended and addressed the audience.
“Pete Hegseth is an American hero, and a genuine friend of the Jewish community and the State of Israel,” says Frager. “We cherish our close relationship and wish Pete the best of luck as he continues to climb the highest ranks of journalism in our nation.”