Trump Visits NEPA: Read Through The Live Updates

August 3, 2018
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Live Updates: Trump Visits NEPA

Read through our live updates from throughout the day as President Donald J. Trump visits the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Twp. See more -- below the updates -- from our reporters’ Twitter feeds:

8:22 p.m. Trump says good night.

8:24 p.m. “President Trump closes his remarks by asking those in attendance to “vote for Lou!” The Rolling Stones song “You can’t always get what you want” begins playing as Trump walks off the stage.

8:23 p.m. Trump commends “proud Pennsylvania workers” for mining coal, building railroads and forging steel. Says Pennsylvanians “know how to work, know how to fight and know how to win.”

8:20 p.m. Crowd continues chanting “USA! USA!”

8:12 p.m. “After years of rebuilding other countries we are finally rebuilding our country. The trade deficit just fell by 52 billion dollars. Nobody reports that. Why don’t you report that?”

8:05 p.m. “Pennsylvania lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs and China joined the WTO, Right now China is not too happy with me. It’s not their fault our leaders were stupid.”

8:03 p.m. “The women like me. 52%! The women like me. We did great with the women.”

8:00 p.m. Trump mocks “crazy Bernie Sanders.” Praises elimination of individual mandate. Calls it a disaster.

7:58 p.m. Trump: “Make America Great Again -- maybe the greatest slogan ever.”

7:52 p.m. Trump: “We don’t have enough judges” to manage “catch and release.” Says we must end catch and release, immigration lottery system and build a wall. “We need Lou Barletta. We need Republicans.” Claims Casey is afraid to debate Barletta.

7:48 p.m. Trump: “We’re either getting border security or we’re closing down government.”

7:45 p.m. President Trump claims Sen Bob Casey “wants to abolish ICE.”

7:41 p.m. Trump says he wants to talk about “sleeping Bob Casey” after calling the media “fake, fake, disguting news.”

7:38 p.m. Trump says NATO money is “pouring in.” Says the U.S.A. is ’so strong.” The crowd begins chanting “USA! USA!”

7:34 p.m. Trump touches on familiar topics: the media, North Korea, Putin, NATO. Criticizes past presidents for inaction.

7:21 p.m. Barletta finishes short speech. Trump is back on the podium. Says no one knows Bob Casey and attacks his stance on “clean coal.”

7:19 p.m. Barletta takes the stage. Commends Trumps accomplishments. Blasts Casey, calling him a “radical.”

7:15 p.m. Trump thanks Pennsylvania for helping secure his victory. A protester erupts. Trump screams “get him out!” Security then escorts the protester from the arena. 

7:04 p.m. Trump arrives to cheering crowd and has started speaking at the arena. Rewatch the event here:

6:30 p.m. Those turned away from the arena share mostly good-natured banter with the handful of remaining protesters. The arena is at capacity and the doors are closed.

6:20 p.m. People walking along Highland Park Boulevard say they were not allowed in to the rally.

6:15 p.m. Arena is near full capacity.

5:55 p.m. Charles Hanks of Danville said he got to the parking lot at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Twp. around 4:10 p.m. and got one of the last parking spots left. He got inside after waiting in line for about 90 minutes.

“This is my third one,” Hanks said, adding he saw Trump at a Harrisburg rally and at Mohegan Sun Arena in 2016. 

5:43 p.m. President Donald Trump has gotten off the plane.

5:38 p.m. Air Force One has landed at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

5:30 p.m. State troopers on horseback force crowd of protesters back off Highland Park Boulevard by I-81 ramps. Chanting reaches new peak of intensity.

5:25 p.m. Protesters march as close to arena as they can get, chant “Trump-Pence regime must go” and “Fascism must be stopped.”

5 p.m. The limo that will drive President Donald Trump to the Mohegan Sun Arena arrived to join the presidential motorcade just before 5 p.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

About 20 sport utility vehicles and vans are lined up on the tarmac awaiting Trumps arrival:

Air Force One is expected to land around 5:30 p.m.


4:06 p.m. Laura Teal stood across the street from Mohegan Sun Arena Thursday afternoon, holding up a sign that read “Trump for Prison.”

Teal, of Plymouth, was the first visible protester outside the arena, where President Donald Trump was scheduled to appear at 7 p.m.

Teal and her sign drew lots of attention from those driving by on Highland Park Boulevard, already packed with vehicles before 3 p.m.

Some honked or waved in support. Some called out in disgust.

“You should be ashamed of your self,” one woman shouted as she drove past.

A man riding in the back of a pickup truck about to turn into the arena parking lot screamed “Don’t you people work during the day?”

Teal, who said this was her first public protest, took it in stride. She said she resolved to share her feelings about Trump with the world because he “really needs to leave office.”

“He never tells the truth,” Teal said. “These are scary times.”

Despite the sign she carried, Teal said she would be happy to see Trump leave office whether or not he ever faces criminal charges.

The country “can’t go through another two years” of Trump as president, she said.


2:40 p.m. Rain stopped for now. Scranton man walking to the arena stopped to chat with CV. Said he “got into it because of Hillary.” Trump is “trying to do what he said would do,” he said.


2:50 pm. Young man with a wagon full of red Trump hats is waiting to sell his wares.


Reporting by Bob Kalinowski, Eric Mark, Bill Wellock, Michael P. Buffer and Borys Krawczeniuk.


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