(MISSOULA) President Donald Trump is planning to visit Missoula on Thursday, October 18.
On Saturday evening, a message from the President’s campaign said that the event will be at Neptune Aviation Services, and is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Doors at the event will open at 3:30 p.m.
President Trump visited Great Falls in July, and Billings in September, to support Republican US Senate candidate Matt Rosendale in his efforts to unseat Democratic US Senator Jon Tester.
The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office posted the following message on Facebook on Thursday morning: “Members of our office have been invited to a meeting by the US Secret Service addressing security measures in the event of a potential Presidential visit to Missoula, MT.”
We will update you as we get more information.
(SEPTEMBER 7, 2018) President Donald Trump spoke to supporters on Thursday at Metra Park in Billings during a stop to support Republican US Senate candidate Matt Rosendale is his effort to replace incumbent US Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).
President Trump’s criticism of Sen Tester stems from the president’s proposed appointment of Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to head up the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs this spring.
President Trump wanted his one-time personal white house physician to fill the seat, but Sen. Tester and other lawmakers on the Senate Veteran’s Affairs committee fought the nomination after allegations arose about Jackson writing inappropriate prescriptions and bullying office staff.
“One of the saddest things I’ve seen is when Jon Tester and what he did to a great, great man — Admiral Jackson. Admiral Jackson was subjected to horrible lies and smears. He’s an admiral, he’s actually the doctor that gave me my physical. He said that I’m in great shape,” President Trump said.
President Trump brought this up multiple times during his speech, even though his showdown with Sen. Tester was months ago.
The Defense Department Office of Inspector General confirmed in June that they had initiated a probe into Ronny Jackson. It’s an investigative group that looks into possible wrongdoing at the Pentagon.
Sen. Jon Tester reacted to President Trump’s by saying it’s always a positive when a sitting President makes the trip to Montana, and isn’t concerned about what the President might say about him on this second trip to the Treasure State this summer.
Sen. Tester’s campaign manager Christie Roberts released the following statement following the rally:
“Thank you to President Trump for once again praising the work Jon Tester has done reducing regulations, fighting for veterans, and working to hold the VA accountable. We urge the President to sign Jon’s 19th bill that currently sits on his desk. While Jon keeps fighting for Montana, MattRosendale continues to look out for himself rather than stand up for Montana.”
- Reported by Augusta McDonnell