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President Trump and VP Pence visit Upstate NY today

Eileen Elibol
Donald Trump campaigning in Buffalo in 2016.

President Donald Trump will be in Upstate New York on Monday, making a couple of stops. Trump was last in the region in 2016, during his presidential campaign.

Trump is scheduled to land at Wheeler-Sack airfield just after 2 p.m. At the home of the 10th Mountain Division, he will speak about and sign the $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act.

The White House announced Monday morning that Vice President Mike Pence will also be at Fort Drum. He will fly directly to Wheeler-Sack airfield at Fort Drum and will arrive in time to greet President Trump when Air Force One lands and appear at the signing.

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik invited Trump to visit Fort Drum back in March. It is Trump’s first visit to Fort Drum since Barack Obama came to the Army base near Watertown in 2011.

Then, later in the afternoon, Trump will fly into Griffiss International Airport in Rome and then motorcade his way into downtown Utica for a private fundraising event  to support GOP Central New York Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.

There is a lot to talk about. However, it remains to be seen whether the president will make any remarks about Rep. Chris Collins. The Clarence Republican was the first member of Congress to back Trump, but has been indicted on insider trading charges and on Saturday announced he was suspending his campaign for re-election.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.
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