Trump to visit Alabama as GOP faces new challenges in 2018 race
Donald Trump is expected to travel to Alabama this week as he attempts to shore up support among voters in the state that helped propel him to the presidency.
The White House is not confirming the trip, which will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to say whether Trump would campaign in Alabama.
“I can’t say that, but I think it’s a really important day for the president, and a very important day to the state of Alabama,” Sanders said Monday, after meeting with Alabama Democratic Party Chairman and Sen. Luther Strange.
Trump, who has campaigned in the Deep South for months, will be visiting Alabama for a weekend event, which is being billed as the first-ever trip to the Crimson Tide’s football stadium.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Thursday and will feature a reception, a concert and a reception.
Trump is expected at the Alabama stadium for a rally before the game on Sunday.
He is expected in Alabama on Thursday to speak at the Republican Governors Association Dinner, which has been slated for 11 a.t. on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
The event was first held in 2006 and has become a favorite of Trump, who frequently makes the trip to Alabama as the GOP seeks to regain control of the U.S. Senate.
The president has frequently mentioned the state as one of the primary reasons for his landslide victory in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump was in Alabama during a visit to the Alabama State Fairgrounds, where he hosted a rally for Senate candidate Luther Strange and also campaigned for Moore.
The president is also expected to campaign in Birmingham for former Republican Attorney General Mike Parson, who was appointed to the post by Strange.
Moore’s victory in a special election for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions was hailed as a major boost to Trump and the Republican Party in the reddest state.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.