CLYDE, Ohio — President Trump is scheduled to visit the Whirlpool facility in Clyde on Thursday, according to the Fremont News Messenger. In his first visit to Ohio since the onset of the pandemic and his 16th trip to the state overall, Trump will tour the plant and speak regarding his administration's dedication to assist in supporting the manufacturing industry and American-made products.
White House officials said the visit is meant to demonstrate how Trump "continues to put American jobs first." In 2018, Trump upheld a tariff on imports of large residential washing machines, a product that is manufactured by Whirlpool in Clyde.
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According to Whirlpool, the tariff resulted in the creation of 200 new jobs at the Clyde plant. The Clyde plant is the largest source in the world of washing machine manufacturing.
The president is also set to hold a fundraiser at The Shoreby Club in Bratenahl on Thursday night. The event is a joint fundraiser for Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee. Tickets cost a minimum of $5,600. Guests who contribute $100,000 will have more exclusive access to the president and other GOP officials.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and RNC Co-Chairman Tommy Hicks are expected to attend the event. Among the Ohio business and civic leaders hosting the event are Debbie and Matt Crawford, Mike Gibbons, Catherine and James Kassouf, Kelly and Mel Kurtz, Lanee and Jason Lucarelli, Jenny and Tim Smucker, Pam and Bill Summers and Tim Timken, according to a copy of the invitation to the event.
As 3News' Mark Naymik reported, The Shoreby Club told its members in an email newsletter Sunday that anyone working or attending the fundraiser for President Trump on Aug. 6th will receive a rapid COVID-19 test. They must test negative in order to attend the event.