President Trump is speaking at a government-owned tank plant in Lima, Ohio, the last facility in the U.S. where tanks are built.
“We’re here today to celebrate a resounding victory,” Mr. Trump said at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center
The Army announced earlier in the year it would spend $714 million to upgrade the M1A1 Abrams, which is built at the plant. The White House has said the infusion of spending will support more than 1,000 jobs.
In his remarks, the president reiterated his earlier declaration that ISIS will be “gone by tonight.” The president held up two maps he had shown to reporters earlier at the White House, one of which he said was from Election Night, and the other representing the current status of the caliphate.
“I brought this out for you because this is a map of everything in the red, this was on election night in 2016. Everything red is ISIS,” Mr. Trump said earlier Wednesday. “When I took it over it was a mess. Now, on the bottom, that’s the exact same. There is no red. In fact there’s actually a tiny spot which will be gone by tonight.”
Before leaving the White House, the president also said he looks forward to seeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. “I don’t mind … Let it come out. Let people see it,” the president told reporters.
In Ohio, Mr. Trump will also attend a country club fundraiser, days after he pressured U.S. auto giant General Motors to reopen a plant in Lordstown, Ohio, that closed earlier this month. Mr. Trump has been berating GM over Twitter and pressuring CEO Mary Barra to take action — “sell it or do something quickly,” he tweeted.
“I’m going to Ohio right now they were going to close the plant,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “That’s where they make the tanks. It was going to be closed and I stopped them from closing it. And now it’s thriving and doing great. And the people of Ohio, they like Trump because I’ve done a great job in Ohio and I’ve done a great job all over the country. That’s what the people want to hear.”
This visit focuses on defense, however. His plant visit and speech comes as the president is touting manufacturing in the U.S. under his leadership and requesting an increase in defense spending.
Trump is wheels down in Ohio
Air Force One touched down in Ohio at roughly 2:20 p.m. Eastern time.
Fundraiser attendees can pay $15,000 for a picture with Trump
People who attend Wednesday night’s fundraiser can get their picture with the president — for $15,000, according to the invitation reviewed by the White House television pooler.
Dinner costs $50,000 a person or $70,000 for a couple. Entrance to the fundraiser costs $2,800.
Trump insults George Conway again
The last few days, the president has spent some of his time attacking the late Sen. John McCain — “I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be” — and George Conway, the husband of his top aide Kellyanne Conway who has repeatedly criticized the president’s mental fitness on Twitter.
“George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted,” Mr. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
Mr. Trump, asked about Conway Wednesday, criticized him again, calling him wacky.
Trump claims he told Mueller he wouldn’t be FBI director
Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters on the White House South Lawn, claimed he told Mueller he wouldn’t be the FBI director.
Trump talks Mueller report, ISIS on departure
“Let it come out, let people see it. That’s up to the attorney general,” Mr. Trump told reporters when asked if the impending report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation would be made public.
“I want to see the report,” he added, saying that he “looked forward” to its release.
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump took credit for the driving out of the Islamic State group in Syria, using visual diagrams comparing ISIS territories currently in the region compared to that when he took office.
Trump has a fundraising head start
Mr. Trump already has a fundraising head start going into the 2020 election cycle. His campaign has raised more than $130 million since he became president.
Mr. Trump has expressed confidence that he can beat whomever the Democrats choose from their primary process.
“Whoever it is, I’ll take him or her on,” Mr. Trump told reporters earlier this month.
Trump hitting the campaign trail starting next week
The president, after largely taking a break from political travel since the midterms, rally supporters in Michigan next week.
Mr. Trump is holding a “Make America Great Again” rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 28. There, he’ll emphasize manufacturing as a part of his agenda.
At the same time, he’s likely to attack what his campaign considers to be “radical socialist” policies embraced by Democrats.
“While President Trump has made good on his promises to American workers, 2020 Democrats are embracing radical socialist policies like the Green New Deal, which would raise taxes on all Americans and is opposed by the AFL-CIO because it would harm millions of its members and threaten their jobs,” Michael Glassner, CEO of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., said in a statement. “While Democrat proposals would cause irreparable harm to the American economy, President Trump has added hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs in just two years, a drastic change from Obama’s disastrous two terms.”