CLEVELAND — President Donald Trump is meeting with supporters and highlighting the benefits of the Republican tax law in Cleveland today.
Trump is in Ohio to attend a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee, meeting first with high-dollar givers and then addressing a larger group of about 250 donors. The RNC says Trump is raising $3 million.
The president arrived at Burke Lakefront Airport just before 11:15 a.m. After deplaning Air Force One, Mr. Trump walked over to greet supporters waiting behind metal barriers. One man handed the President his baby, then watched as he held and took pictures with the infant.
From Burke Lakefront, President Trump travel e to Public Auditorium for a round table discussion on tax reform. Administration officials say his public appearance is an official visit focused on policy — but politics won't be too far away.
The rally comes just ahead of Ohio's primary election Tuesday. It's been an unusually nasty election year, with many GOP rivals jockeying to prove they're most like Trump. The Republican handily won the bellwether state in 2016.
Republican candidates in the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial primaries are among those expected to be represented at the event.
Trump also is expected to appear at a nearby Republican fundraiser.
Trump's visit comes as Republicans are facing an increasingly challenging midterm election environment.
Ohio has several competitive races this November. The GOP is placing its election hopes on convincing Americans that the tax law is improving their lives, as the party seeks to skirt political headwinds emanating from the White House