The Latest: Missouri protesters urge peace during Trump stop
Aug. 30, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Springfield, Missouri (all times local):
Missouri activists both for and against President Donald Trump are calling for peace during his visit to Springfield.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports organizers of anti-Trump group Springfield Indivisible and the supportive Patriots Protecting Trump are calling for non-violence during demonstrations prompted by the president's Wednesday visit.
Trump will speak about tax reform at the Loren Cook Company, which makes ventilation equipment. The speech isn't open to the public, but protesters and counter protesters are planning demonstrations.
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams in a Tuesday statement said police are ready to maintain a safe environment. He expects protests to be peaceful. The police chief is discouraging people from bringing firearms but notes that open carry of guns is legal in public spaces in Missouri.
President Donald Trump is making his first post-election visit to Missouri, a state that could help decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.
The White House says the president is arriving Wednesday afternoon in Springfield. He will speak about tax reform at the Loren Cook Company, which makes ventilation equipment. The speech isn't open to the public.
On Twitter Sunday, Trump previewed his trip to the state, which he won by 19 points. He says Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill — up for re-election next year — is "opposed to big tax cuts" and said a "Republican will win" the state.
Missouri has shifted to the right since McCaskill joined the Senate in 2007. Republicans haven't lost a statewide race since 2012, when McCaskill won her second term.