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Gov. DeWine postpones Thursday COVID-19 briefing to greet Trump at airport Staff




Gov. Mike DeWine has postponed his previously scheduled Thursday COVID-19 briefing so he can greet President Donald Trump as he arrives in Ohio.

Trump is scheduled to tour the Whirlpool plant in Clyde and deliver remarks, and he will also appear at a campaign fundraiser in Cleveland the same day.

DeWine will instead hold the COVID-19 briefing on Friday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.

A spokesperson for DeWine said the governor will not be in attendance at the Clyde visit nor the fundraiser in Cleveland, but he will greet the president when his plane lands in Cleveland.

At least two area groups are planning to protest the president’s visit to Clyde. Speakers, including some candidates for public office, are set to deliver remarks at the protest, which begins at 11 a.m. near the corner of McPherson Highway and Birdseye St.

The U.S. Secret Service has been in contact with local authorities to coordinate logistics and traffic control for the president’s visit, according to Sandusky County Sheriff Chris Hilton.

Trump’s visit Thursday will be his first trip to Ohio since the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic started. The trip will also be the first visit to Sandusky County by a sitting president since 1912.

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