Trump visits Milwaukee Friday to push for trade deal

NOW: Trump visits Milwaukee Friday to push for trade deal

Updated: 9:00 p.m. on July 12

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- President Trump's visit to Milwaukee brought mixed reaction from both sides of the aisle.

Trump wow'ed supporters at Derco Aerospace and at a private fundraiser he attended in Fox Point, but he also raised some eyebrows for ignoring an invitation to a major political event downtown.

Trump's arrival brought Republicans together at a private fundraiser in Fox Point.

The president of the village of Thiensville, Van Mobley, was at the fundraiser. He says President Trump spoke about issues close to the Dairy State.

"He understands some of the damage that's been done to some farmers as a result of the trade disputes we've been having," Mobley said.

The private event raised about $3 million from supporters.

"He talked about how we put him over the top last time, and he looked forward to having us helping him push him over the top this time," said Mobley.

The latest Marquette Law School poll shows 52-percent of Wisconsin voters disapprove of the job Trump is doing as President, and more than half said they'd vote for someone else in 2020.

President Trump ignored an invitation to speak at LULAC, but several Democratic presidential candidates did take the stage at the political event Thursday. 

"President Trump, you are coming to Milwaukee today bashing immigrants, hate mongering, threatening to deport 1 million Americans this week," LULAC national president Domingo Garcia said. "That does not solve anything."

The President knows that to move forward in a second term, he'll need a repeat of 2016 in Wisconsin.

"I'm thrilled to be back in your great state," Trump said. "A state that I won."

Derco Aerospace employees said seeing him in person was an opportunity they won't forget.


FOX POINT, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump in Wisconsin (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to pass a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico and send it to his desk immediately. He says, "We shouldn't be playing around." 

WATCH: President Trump Delivers Remarks on USMCA

Trump is lobbying for passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement at Derco Aerospace Inc., in Milwaukee. He is on his sixth visit to the state since taking office.

Trump worries that passage of the agreement could get less likely with time, saying, "it gets more and more political because we get closer and closer to the election."

Trump says passage of the bill implementing USMCA would show Congress is doing something other than "wasting time on the witch hunt."

Passage is anything but certain. House Democrats want to strengthen enforcement of the agreement's labor and environmental obligations.

Updated: 2:00 p.m. July 12, 2019
President Donald Trump is in Wisconsin, one of two Midwest stops on Friday as he warms up his reelection engine.

Wisconsin has emerged as a vital testing ground for the president's hopes to take credit for the strong economy and push for his trade policy.

In 2016, Trump became the first Republican to win the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984, defeating Hillary Clinton by a slim margin. The state remains starkly divided over the president and appears a toss-up again in 2020.


Updated: 11:28 a.m. July 12, 2019

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Air Force One touched down at 10:57 Friday morning. 

President Trump was supposed to arrive at 10:30 but was delayed. Officials did not give a reason for the delay, but before he left Washington, he spoke alongside Labor Secretary Alex Acosta after he announced his resignation. 

Once in Wisconsin, the president greeted fans who were chanting "four more years." He also signed autographs and took selfies with supporters before waving to the crowd and getting into his motorcade. 

Trump is now headed to Fox Point for a fundraiser. We know North Lake Drive in Fox Point will be closed to all traffic until at least 1:00 p.m. during the president's fundraiser and roundtable there. The closure is between North Beach Drive and North Dean Road. 

The Milwaukee County Transit System is also warning about delays until at least 3:00 p.m. due to Trump's visit. Bus routes 67 and 223 along 76th Street will be impacted. There will also be rolling closures along the freeway system and near the airport. 


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be traveling to Wisconsin to push for congressional approval of the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

The White House said Trump will head to Milwaukee on Friday to visit Derco Aerospace. The company is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin and provides parts, logistics and repair services to fixed-wing aircraft.

Trump will also attend a fundraiser in Milwaukee and stop in Cleveland for another fundraiser. This will be his sixth visit to Wisconsin, one of three Rust Belt states — along with Michigan and Pennsylvania — that traditionally go Democratic but voted for Trump in 2016.

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