Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

President Trump arrives in Fargo to cheers

President Trump arrives in Fargo to cheers

Fargo was the latest stop in a campaign tour that in seven days took Mr. Trump to Minnesota, Nevada and SC.

President Trump made a triumphant appearance at a boisterous rally here, touting the Supreme Court's validation of his travel ban and relishing his chance to appoint a new justice to the high court in the wake of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's retirement.

Then the president begged Democrats to "please, please" keep Pelosi as their party leader 'and please keep Maxine Waters on the air as your face and your mouthpiece for the Democrat Party'. And the president wasted no time in painting North Dakota's junior senator, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, as an automatic "no" vote on any nominee he picks to replace the "swing vote" justice.

President Donald Trump is offering a hearty endorsement to congressman Kevin Cramer, the man he says will be "the next United States senator from the great state of North Dakota".

In Fargo Wednesday night, Trump implored voters to choose Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer as their next senator because Heitkamp has failed to be an "independent vote" as she promised, giving in to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi far too many times.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL account also took advantage of the moment.

Trump said Heitkamp "might throw us some quickie votes before the election", but predicted she will begin "voting party line" the day after the November election. But, referring to the rally, said, "Maybe because of this she will be forced to vote 'yes'".

Trump told the crowd of approximately 6,000 people at Fargo's Scheels Arena that he was "very honored" Kennedy chose to retire while Trump was in office because "he felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy".

Trump said he has to name someone young enough "that's going to be there for 45 years".

Heitkamp says she's curious how Trump will portray her record, which she says has favored many issues the president cares about, like environmental and banking regulations. Heitkamp did vote to support Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.

"Can you imagine if I said the things she said?" She said she hoped the president will sit down with farmers and oil industry people "who have been calling me and are concerned about trade wars" as the result of tariffs imposed by Trump.

Trump also spent several minutes defending his administration's hard-line stance on immigration, once again repeating his assertion that the Democrats want "open borders" as an alternative.

Trump said that his supporters worked harder and were smarter than the "elites" in the country. North Dakota's agricultural economy is dependent on exports and the Beijing government recently imposed a 25 percent tariff on soybeans, the state's top crop.

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