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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit Cincinnati on Monday. Here are the top five things you should know about the visit.
1. Trump will speak in a working-class environment.
It’s hard to get more blue-collar Americana than a cylinder factory in Ohio.
That’s where Donald Trump will go on Monday when he visits Sheffer Corp. in Blue Ash.
Sheffer CEO Jeff Norris couldn’t release any more details.
“Other than we’re excited,” he said.
Sheffer makes both hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders. These are used in mechanical devices, such as construction and mining equipment, to provide force and movement.
Two brothers from Cincinnati started the company in their garage in 1952. It has grown to 129 employees and has had clients that included NASA and Lockheed Martin, according to company officials and the company’s website.
Headquartered in its 75,520-square-foot factory in Blue Ash, Sheffer has a factory in Atlanta and a manufacturer in Britain licensed to use its products.
“The Sheffer name is still synonymous with pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders of the highest quality,” the company touts on the website.
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2. Trump will stump for the GOP tax plan.
The White House has said the president will tout the GOP tax plan he signed into law at the end of last year.
That might be why he chose Sheffer. The company gave all of its employees $1,000 bonuses as a result of the savings it expects from the tax law, Norris said.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, visited Sheffer in January to praise the impact of the tax law.
How and why the Trump administration chose Sheffer for the event, Norris couldn’t say. He told The Enquirer he couldn’t comment on the event before Trump’s speech.
But it’s clear he’s happy with Trump.
“For the first time we have a president and administration that is doing something about what we used to complain about – taxes and over-regulation,” Norris said. “This is the first administration that is peeling those back.”
When asked what regulation, in particular, he wanted to be eliminated, Norris said it is Trump’s overall promise to repeal regulations.
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3. Trump will attract politicians.
Republicans in the Ohio gubernatorial race and in the Ohio Senate race this year have scrambled to align themselves with the president.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and running mate Nathan Estruth will be at the event in Blue Ash, her campaign confirmed. She’s running for governor in the Republican primary against Attorney General Mike DeWine. DeWine won’t be there, but his lieutenant governor candidate, Secretary of State Jon Husted, will.
U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Columbia Tusculum, will also be there.
No word yet on whether Rep. Jim Renacci will be there. It would be surprising if he isn’t. Renacci, who just recently switched from the GOP gubernatorial primary to the Senate race, has gone to great lengths to portray himself as a friend of Trump’s. He often releases photos of himself with the president.
He waited to get Trump’s okay last month before switching races after Josh Mandel dropped out of the Senate race.
4. Rare Cincinnati appearance for both a sitting president and first lady.
It’s been more than five years since a sitting president and first lady visited the city at the same time.
In Nov. 2012, Barack and Michelle Obama, Stevie Wonder and 13,000 people rallied at Fifth Third Arena at the University of Cincinnati ahead of the election.
No word on if or when Stevie Wonder plans to return to Cincinnati.
5. High chance of protests.
Every time a president comes to town, protesters usually follow.
No announcements have been made yet on protests for Monday. Even though Trump won Ohio in 2016 by eight percentage points, a recent poll showed a majority of Ohioans do not like what the president has done.
A poll this month by Fallon Research from Columbus showed 52 percent of Ohioans don’t like Trump’s performance. Most of his support comes from male Republicans, the poll showed, with 81 percent polled saying they like the job Trump has done.
Reporters Jason Williams, Sharon Coolidge and Jessie Balmert contributed to this report.
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