Trump to rally in Ohio’s blue-collar Youngstown on Tuesday

By Julie Carr Smyth - Associated Press

COLUMBUS (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the blue-collar Ohio city where frustrated former Democrats crossed party lines last year to help send him to the White House.

The Republican president will appear in Youngstown on Tuesday night for an event at the Covelli Centre.

The rally will come days after an Ohio visit by Vice President Mike Pence, who is featured at the annual dinner of the Ohio Republican Party on Saturday.

Both visits come amid continuing tensions between the Trump administration and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a fellow Republican who’s become a leading voice against congressional efforts to date for replacing the Affordable Care Act.

In a steady stream of national interviews, op-eds and letters to Congress, Kasich has hammered home the need for bipartisanship in Washington to reach an acceptable compromise.

The 2016 presidential candidate is a Trump critic and just last week sparred with Pence, too, over the governor’s defense of Medicaid expansion made available to states under the federal health care law.

Pence called Kasich out during the National Governors Association meeting Friday. He said that, under Ohio’s Medicaid expansion, “nearly 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on waiting lists, leaving them without the care they need for months or even years.”

Kasich rejected the claim as false and misleading. Pence has since retreated on his position.

The governor does not plan to attend Saturday’s GOP dinner featuring Pence, citing a family obligation.

General admission tickets to the Trump rally are available online and are available on a first-come basis. Up to two tickets may be requested per mobile phone number.

By Julie Carr Smyth

Associated Press

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