President Trump blew into Greenville with all of the grandeur befitting a president Monday for a two-and-a-half hour whirlwind visit with his friend and early campaign supporter, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who Trump endorsed at a private fundraiser.
The event was closed to the media despite earlier plans to allow pool reporters from one newspaper and two television stations inside.
Trump, in a video posted online by The State, called McMaster his friend and compatriot who “worked hours that are unbelievable” as an early supporter of Trump’s campaign.
“It is my honor to give my endorsement to Henry McMaster. He’s going to be, for many years, a great governor.”
Trump called McMaster “a terrific man, a terrific person who works so hard. He loves South Carolina. He loves the people of South Carolina.”
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Donald Trump on Monday threw a life raft to the most unpopular Republican in Congress, publicly expressing his support for Mitch McConnell and pledging to ask his anti-establishment friends to leave the Senate leader and his friends alone.
Until Monday, the Senate Majority Leader’s reputation as a canny tactician had taken a beating this year. Major legislation stalled. Critics from his own party called for his ouster. His approval rating was far below that of other congressional leaders from either party.
Then along came Trump on Monday, standing beside the Kentucky Republican in the Rose Garden, praising him as a leader who shares his agenda and pledging to ask McConnell’s chief antagonist to lay off the Senate leader’s GOP allies. Continue reading “Mon, Oct 16, 2017: Trump, McConnell hold press conference, ‘come together’ to back Republican incumbents”
10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing
11:30 am: Holds a Cabinet meeting; Cabinet Room
12:35 pm: Lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
3:45 pm: Departs White House
5:25 pm: Arrives Greer, South Carolina
6:50 pm: Gives remarks at a McMaster for Governor Reception; Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center, Greenville, South Carolina
8:10 pm: Departs Greer, South Carolina
9:45 pm: Arrives White House