Modi rally in Texas, Morrison event in Ohio — Trump’s Sunday

Elias Hubbard
September 23, 2019

Supporters from the Pratt Paper Mill and elsewhere raise their phones to record the arrival of President Trump at a visit in Wapakoneta Sunday.

Scott and Jenny beamed as they posed alongside the President and First Lady on a makeshift stage, with Donald Trump later delivering a passionate speech about the Australian PM.

President Trump visited OH, a state essential to his 2020 reelection strategy, with Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, taking the stage at a recycled-paper factory Sunday evening to highlight the United States' investment partnership with the country.

The visit will bring an end to the formal celebrations of the alliance. "Modi! Modi!" as he took the stage to introduce Trump as "my friend, a friend of India, a great American president".

While President Trump and Prime Minister Morrison both donned tuxedos for the occasion, as they held hands with their respective wives during a photo call on the red carpet. "And the USA did $65 billion in trade with Australia a year ago, which I believe makes us the largest investor in Australia by quite a bit".

She stood alongside her husband as the duo honored the Australian prime minister on the South Lawn of the White House with full military honors, including hundreds of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Modi even used Trump's political slogan to say the president had a strong resolve to "make America great again".

The almost 2000 people waiting to see the president speak were muted in their roars for the unknown Morrison, but warmed to him after Trump touted the coalition's election victory, which he put down to the prime minister believing numerous same things as him.

"I made it very clear when we announced our involvement in that arrangement that it was very much about that freedom of navigation issue and that's what it is about and that's appreciated", Morrison said.

A Trump supporter complete with novelty hat at the box factory
A Trump supporter complete with novelty hat at the box factory

'It was supposed to be close and he blew 'em away, ' Trump said during a visit to Pratt Industries paper mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

He also praised Trump for what he said was a "restraint" in relation to Iran.

"The President and I are here today because we believe in jobs and we believe in the way that jobs transform lives".

In August, the Australian economy added almost 35,000 new jobs, but unemployment figures rose by 0.1 to 5.3 percent.

Later speaking about his relationship with Prime Minister Morrison, Trump said "he believes a lot of the same things I believe". "That is an unbelievable achievement, Mr. President ... the reason it is happening is because people are investing, they are investing in policies that are reducing taxes ..." Trump supporters, some in novelty presidential merchandise, filled the factory and cheered - while Trump himself later tweeted a slick, campaign-style video of the visit.

People in OH crowded into the hot factory and chanted "USA" when the president talked about products displaying the words "Made in America". "Go ahead", he said, and the audience began chanting "U.S.A." in response.

"You think I'd do a little bit better because we've got Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Wallerang, Wangaratta, Warrnambool, Woolloomooloo", he said.

Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. Jim Jordan were also present Sunday, and were commended by the president for "doing a great job".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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