Karen Handel is in the middle of what Republicans see as a must-win race for Congress. And at a fundraiser on her behalf on Friday, President Donald Trump made sure she knew it.
At the closed-door event at the Capitol City Club, Trump turned toward Handel with a smile and quipped “you’d better win,” according to five attendees of the event. She responded that he need not worry about that.
The president has taken a deeply personal interest in the June 20 runoff between Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, a race to represent a suburban Atlanta seat that is widely seen as a test of his popularity.
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On the eve of his 100th day in office, President Trump rallied a convention of the National Rifle Association by vowing to “never, ever infringe” on Second Amendment rights and declaring his predecessor’s alleged “assault” on those freedoms is over.
“I am here to deliver you good news: the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” Trump told the cheering crowd. Continue reading “Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump speaks at National Rifle Association, vows to “never infringe” on Second Amendment rights”
10:30 am: Signs executive order on energy
11:00 am: Departs White House
12:55 pm: Arrives in Atlanta
1:30 pm: Makes remarks at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum; Atlanta
3:15 pm: Makes remarks at a fundraiser for Karen Handel, who is running for Congress in Georgia; Atlanta
3:55 pm: Departs Atlanta
5:45 pm: Arrives White House
President Donald Trump pledged federal assistance for Georgia, Florida and Alabama after the southeastern states were hit by severe storms.
Trump said during a White House ceremony that he had spoken to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and planned to speak with Florida Governor Rick Scott about the storms.
Trump said he expressed his condolences.
“The tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong and they suffered greatly,” he said. “So we’ll be helping out.”
(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe and Steve Holland; Editing by Paul Simao)