President Donald Trump has plans to stop in Mankato on Monday, Aug. 17, as part of his re-election campaign.
After reports surfaced Thursday, details of the trip were mostly confirmed Friday. Trump’s campaign team said in a release that the president will visit the Mankato Regional Airport, starting 2 p.m. Monday. The team said that the visit is not a public event or rally.
Mankato Police was contacted ahead of time for security purposes.
According to a USA Today report, Trump will hit the road next week, while Democrats rally around Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris during the Democratic National Convention. Trump plans to visit four states that could go a long way toward deciding the fall race between him and Biden: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Arizona, the president said during a “tele-rally” with Wisconsin supporters on Wednesday.
Trump carried Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona as part of his Electoral College victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, but some current polls show him trailing Biden in those states this year. Trump narrowly lost Minnesota four years ago, but aides feel he can turn that state in his favor this time around.
He is expected to stop in both Mankato and Oshkosh, Wisconsin Monday. He reportedly plans to speak about jobs and the economy at both stops and is likely to discuss the civil unrest in Minneapolis and other cities as well.
The buildup of Trump’s campaign in the state since last year will pay dividends, said Jennifer Carnahan, chair of the Minnesota Republican Party.
“The work we’ve been doing in registering voters, turning out the vote, talking to people about the issues, building up our volunteer apparatus in every corner of Minnesota, opening offices,” she said. “We’re so energized and excited about what’s to come.”
Trump’s team has reserved millions of dollars in fall TV ad time in Minnesota. Biden’s campaign also intends to invest in the state, which Democrats have carried in every White House race since 1976.