Ohio’s Democratic Party attacked President Donald Trump Friday for “broken promises and failed policies” ahead of his Sunday visit to western Ohio.
The president is scheduled to visit a Pratt Industries recycled-paper mill in Wapakoneta with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was in town for Trump’s second State Dinner Friday night. The company is owned by Anthony Pratt, an Australian businessman and Trump supporter.
“This visit will demonstrate the strong trade and investment relationship between the United States and Australia and President Trump’s successful efforts to restore the United States as the world’s leading destination for foreign direct investment,” the White House said in a statement.
The Ohio Democratic Party criticized Trump for meeting with an Australian billionaire, labeling his Ohio trip the “Make Australia Great Again” tour in a Friday press release.
“While Trump is here, he won’t be meeting with the Ohioans who have been hurt by his terrible policies. He won’t be meeting with the former workers of GM Lordstown and members of that community, which is really struggling since the closure of that factory and the loss of thousands of jobs. He won’t be meeting with Ohio farmers, who are getting absolutely crushed by his disastrous trade war with China,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Instead, he’s touring a factory that’s owned by an Australian billionaire who was ‘an advocate of the president’s 2017 corporate tax cut package.’”
The Ohio Democratic Party recruited union bosses from around the state to criticize Trump’s policies, including Ohio Farmers Union President Joe Logan, who said “farmers are losing confidence that President Trump really knows the way to the finish line in terms of actually gaining the sort of systemic improvements that are needed in our trading regimen with China.”
“Since Trump’s election, agricultural communities have received a body blow, a gut punch … and this has been the result of a byproduct of Mr. Trump’s weapons of choice to resolve the trade issue — and those are tariffs,” he added. “Mr. Trump has successfully alienated the rest of our normal trading partners and allies in the world, and he’s attacked this problem in a go-it-alone fashion, which is doomed to be unsuccessful.”
A former worker with the General Motors Lordstown plant, Chuckie Denison, said “how dare” Trump meet with an Australian billionaire “yet neglect the working class who are struggling in Lordstown, Ohio; Peru, Indiana; the Midwest and these United States of America.”
“We farm corn and soy. We’re former dairy farmers. We experienced the ‘80s and the ‘90s, and those times were not so good in agriculture. Unfortunately, we are experiencing those times again,” added former Ohio Farmers Union President Roger Wise.
White House advisor Kellyanne Conway will be in town Saturday night ahead of Trump’s visit to deliver the keynote address at the Ohio Republican Party’s annual State Dinner.
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