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President Trump readies for visit to HIA

Posted 10/11/17

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

President Donald Trump has picked Harrisburg International Airport to announce details of his long-awaited plan for tax reform.

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President Trump readies for visit to HIA

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By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

President Donald Trump has picked Harrisburg International Airport to announce details of his long-awaited plan for tax reform.

All that was known Tuesday is that he will be at HIA late Wednesday afternoon, around 5 p.m., David Black told the paper in an email. Black is president of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp.

Details about where the president will be and when weren’t being made public, but indications are that Trump will be staying on the airport for the entire visit.

This is Trump’s second visit to the area in 2017. On April 29 he gave a speech at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg — becoming the first sitting president to visit the Farm Show since John F. Kennedy in 1962.

According to Black, Wednesday’s visit is not open to the public. Instead, the event will be open to a relatively small group of hand-picked folks — 1,000 or fewer, according to estimates.

“We got a call from the White House over the weekend” informing the Chamber that it could invite about 50 people, Black said in a video that was aired by abc27. The Chamber has reached out to some of its board members and other members who are involved with the governmental relations committee.

“Unfortunately it’s not a round-table discussion with the president,” Black added in the video.

The president will talk tax reform, both at the corporate and individual level, Black said.

Middletown Mayor James H. Curry III, a big supporter of Trump since early in his run for the White House, has gone to a number of Trump rallies and events. But the mayor in a text to the Press & Journal said that at this point, he does not expect to be going to Wednesday’s event.

The Press & Journal reached out to several business and political leaders in the area. Most said they hadn’t been invited.

State Rep. Tom Mehaffie did get an invitation, but said that due to the lateness of the invite he is unable to attend because he is committed to another event out of town. 

Also as part of the visit, Fox News host Sean Hannity has announced that he will have an “exclusive one-on-one” interview with Trump, covering “tax cuts, immigration and everything else.” It will be done “in front of a big audience” in Harrisburg, Hannity said in a promotional video on the Fox News site.

The interview will be at the Air National Guard base at HIA, according to a Fox News statement referenced by PennLive.

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