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The latest on President Donald J. Trump's visit to Erie on Wednesday for a rally at Erie Insurance Arena.
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Christiana Purves, regional communications director for the Republican National Committee, issued a statement after the Make America Great Again rally: "Tonight, President Trump laid out what is at stake in November. Pennsylvania can either continue to enjoy the unquestioned economic success under Republican leadership or elect Democrats determined to roll back the tax cuts that have rejuvenated America. The choice is clear and that is why Republicans will be successful in November."
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued a statement before the rally started:
"The people standing for Trump's agenda tonight in Erie are running for office to help themselves, not Pennsylvanians. Lou Barletta, at the bidding of Trump and Republican donors, voted to take health care coverage away from people with pre-existing conditions. Scott Wagner is running for governor with an agenda to make his personal business more profitable, nothing more. Mike Kelly got a special loophole in the tax reform bill that gives a tax break to car dealerships like the ones he owns. And Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency concerned with no one other than himself. As with their tax plan and their health care repeal attempt, they will always help themselves and their millionaire friends at the expense of working Pennsylvanians. We must vote and put this harmful agenda in check this November.
"Senator Bob Casey, Governor Tom Wolf, Ron DiNicola, and Democrats up and down the ballot put Pennsylvanians first. Senator Casey passed legislation that makes it easier for families to save for long-term care. Governor Tom Wolf expanded Medicaid and made health care accessible to more than 720,000 Pennsylvanians. Ron DiNicola has fought to protect and secure benefits for laid-off workers. Their vision for America is one that works for Pennsylvanians. It is vital that we elect them this November, and Pennsylvania Democrats are organizing, knocking on doors, and talking to voters to make that happen."
President Trump has concluded speaking and has left the stage at Erie Insurance Arena. He is scheduled to depart Erie International Airport at 8:30 p.m. and arrive at Join Base Andrews at 9:35 p.m., then the South Lawn of the White House at 9:55 p.m.
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President Donald J. Trump has landed at Erie International Airport aboard Air Force One.
More than 100 Erie Bureau of Police officers and Pennsylvania State Police troopers are providing security inside and outside Erie Insurance Arena for President Trump's visit, authorities said.
President Trump has confirmed he will attend the rally. There was consideration at the White House earlier today of cancelling the appearance as Hurricane Michael came ashore on Florida's Gulf Coast.
At 3:52 p.m., Trump tweeted "Departing the @WhiteHouse for Erie, Pennsylvania. I cannot disappoint the thousands of people that are there - and the thousands that are going. I look forward to seeing everyone this evening."
Trump's official itinerary calls for him to arrive at Erie International Airport at 5:20 p.m.
Could President Trump's visit to Erie today be interrupted by Hurricane Michael?
CBS News reported just minutes ago that Trump, who is scheduled to speak at Erie Insurance Arena at 7 p.m., said, "We're going to make a determination over the next little while" about his travel plans.
Trump was taking questions from reporters at the White House about the response to the hurricane. Video of his interview shows Trump asking an aide, who is off-camera, what time he is scheduled to speak in Erie.
"I don't know what to do because you have so many people already there," Trump told reporters about his rally in Erie. "It's unfair to them. It's a mix. I will be totally focused on [Hurricane Michael]."
"I don't know what to do because you have so many people already there," said President Trump on scheduled trip to Erie, PA." It's unfair to them. It's a mix. I will be totally focused on [Hurricane Michael."https://t.co/fR7y2s8BWupic.twitter.com/PO3z52gqJm
A woman with the Trump campaign who was checking in representatives of the media at Erie Insurance Arena said about noon that they had not been informed of any plans to cancel the rally. She said they would quickly alert the media and public if that changed.
Casey Wells, executive director of Erie Events, also said around 11:30 a.m. that rumors of Trump canceling due to weather were not true.
Crowds gathered outside of Erie Insurance Arena to see President Donald Trump who was scheduled to make an appearance at 7 p.m.
Even though the doors won't open until 4 p.m., the crowd was around 200 people at 11:30 a.m. One of those eagerly anticipating Trump's arrival was Ejlaine Kain, of Meadville, who had been waiting outside the arena since 10 a.m.
"We're so excited," Kain, who was waiting with her daughter, said. "I hope he touches on the things he's done for the economy and also talks about the midterm elections and how important they are."
Outside of the arena, Trump's campaign televised replay clips on a huge jumbo screen for rally attendees to watch while they waited. Pop-up retail and clothing vendors littered
More than 8,000 people attended Trump's speech at Erie Insurance Arena when he spoke here during the 2016 presidential campaign. Ray Williams, director of sports facilities for Erie Events, said he is not sure yet how many people will be permitted inside the arena based on the stage and seating configuration.
Prohibited from the arena will be some obvious things, like guns, knives, and chain wallets, as well as food and drink. Also prohibited will be posters, banners, signs, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, GoPros and professional cameras with detachable lenses. Cell phones and personal cameras will be allowed.
Security will inspect attendees bags and purses at the door. The TSA-level screening will include a metal detector.