President Donald Trump considering trip to Arizona later this month

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (left), Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer share a moment before taking the stage at an event in Phoenix announcing a coalition of women, on Aug. 15, 2018.

President Donald Trump is planning to swing through Arizona later this month to help bolster Republican chances of holding a majority in the U.S. Congress.

Trump had tentatively planned a visit the first week of this month but the visit was scrapped following the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Aug. 25 following a 13-month battle with brain cancer. 

Trump’s team is considering Sept. 19 or Sept. 20 as possible dates, according to people familiar with preliminary discussions.

Neither the venue nor the guest list has been finalized.

Across the country, Trump is aiming to help Republicans defend their majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. It is shaping up to be a harsh climate for Republicans in the midterm elections, when the president’s party historically loses seats in Congress.

In Arizona, he endorsed Republican Rep. Martha McSally’s bid for the U.S. Senate. The day after the Aug. 28 GOP primary election, which she easily won, Trump called the combat pilot an “extraordinary woman” who has his “total and complete Endorsement.” 

McSally, of Tucson, faces Democratic challenger Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a well-funded, three-term congresswoman from Phoenix.

The president has also thrown his support behind Gov. Doug Ducey, who is seeking re-election and whose rival is linking the Republican governor to Trump’s more divisive policies, such as border security and illegal immigration.

Officials for the Trump campaign and the White House did not respond to The Arizona Republic‘s requests for comment about a potential trip.

 

 

 

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