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President Trump arrives in Minnesota

April 15, 2019 02:45 PM

President Donald Trump has arrived in Minnesota.

Air Force One touched down at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport just before 12:50 p.m. Monday.

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Around 25 minutes later, Trump came down the steps and waved to those on hand before getting in his limousine en route to a scheduled appearance at a truck and equipment company in Burnsville for a roundtable discussion on tax cuts and the economy.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Minnesota Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer are among those traveling with Trump. Gov. Tim Walz was among those on hand to greet him upon arrival.

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It marks Trump's third official trip to Minnesota since taking office.

A large crowd had gathered outside Nuss Truck & Equipment - the business Trump planned to visit - Monday morning.

"This will be a big boost and make Minnesota a focal point as we look ahead to 2020," Minnesota GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan said.

Trump lost Minnesota to Democrat Hillary Clinton by 1.5% in 2016, but he is hoping to win the state in 2020.

But the crowd in Burnsville appeared split between supporters and protestors.

Those protestors told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that they were frustrated by a video Trump posted to Twitter Friday, blasting Minnesota Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar for a comment she recently made about 9/11.

During a speech in front of the Council on American Islamic Relations, Omar said, "CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something."

The freshman Congresswoman said her words were taken out of context, and she is now getting death threats because of the President's tweet. Leading Democrats accused Trump of trying to incite violence against Omar.

In a statement, Omar said:  "Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country's Commander in Chief. We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop."

The White House remained firm, saying Omar should be called out for her comments. 

"Certainly the President is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence toward anyone," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said while appearing on ABC's "This Week."


 

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