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President Trump campaigns in Duluth

President Trump remains popular in parts of Minnesota. But the backlash to his recent policy moves has some state Republicans treading lightly as they weigh going all-in or keeping some distance during the president's Wednesday visit to Duluth.

  • Trump talks up his approach to trade before Minnesota rally

    DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is talking up the economy as holds a pre-rally roundtable in Minnesota.
    Trump is promoting his approach to trade as he meets with representatives from the mining industry and local leaders Wednesday at Duluth Cargo Connect. He says "billions" are "pouring into the Treasury" as a result.
    He also addressed the executive order he signed earlier Wednesday that will stop the separation of families caught crossing the border illegally.
    He says the U.S. has the "weakest" and "most pathetic immigration laws anywhere in the world." But he says things have to be done with "compassion."
    Trump narrowly lost Minnesota in 2016 and jokes that he would have won if he had made just one more speech. He says he has no doubt he'll win in 2020.
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  • Trump rolls out 2020 campaign slogan

    Donald Trump said he would have no trouble winning Minnesota in 2020, saying he will run on a slogan of "Keep America Great.''

    Trump's comments came during an hour-long roundtable with Republican lawmakers and steel workers in Duluth Wednesday night.
    Trump made news earlier Wednesday when he signed an executive order ending immigrant family separations that earlier this week brought backlashes and harsh criticisms from Democrats and Republicans.

    He did not address immigration or the order during the roundtable.
    Trump's comments — which included praising the state, despite having difficulty pronouncing those at the table with him — came just before he is to address a crowd of thousands at a campaign rally at Amsoil Arena.

    The arena holds about 8,200 people and authorities said about 2,000 people were turned away.

    That rally is expected to kick off about 7 p.m. The president is expected to stump for Pete Stauber, a GOP candidate for Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District.
    — Chris Graves
    by Cody Nelson edited by Michael Olson, MPR News 6/20/2018 11:40:03 PM
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    Protesters and DFLers hold their own rally opposing Trump outside

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  • FACT CHECK: Trump overstates order on family separation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the scope of his executive order that would halt his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.
    He suggests the order is a permanent solution. But the president is contradicted by his own Justice Department, which describes the effort as stopgap and limited by a 21-year-old court settlement under which the federal government essentially agreed not to detain immigrant minors longer than 20 days. Trump has instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask a federal court to overturn the settlement. But immigration advocates criticize that move as allowing a more indefinite detention of families until criminal and removal proceedings are completed, signaling legal battles ahead.
    A look at Trump's statement and the underlying facts:
    TRUMP: "We're keeping families together, and this will solve that problem."
    THE FACTS: It doesn't solve the problem.
    Trump's executive order will continue his "zero tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting all adults caught crossing the border illegally and will now seek to keep families together instead of separating them while their legal cases are heard by the courts.
    But a 1997 landmark settlement known as the Flores agreement that generally bars the government from keeping children in immigration detention for more than 20 days remains in place. Trump is seeking to have the settlement overturned, but his Justice Department said Wednesday that the 20-day policy essentially remains in effect until Congress or the courts take action to change that.
    That means without further action from Congress or the courts, the Trump administration could be forced to again separate the immigrant children from their parents in three weeks.
    Trump's order also requests that the Defense Department make facilities available on military bases to house detained immigrant families or to construct new facilities. Depending on the availability of space, his order does not indicate whether children will continue to remain separated from their parents while additional facilities are being built.
    -- Hope Yen, Associated Press
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  • Stauberg embraces President Trump's support

    Pete Stauberg vowed to win the Eighth District and promised the standing-room-only crowd at Amsoil Arena he would work with Trump to "unleash the economic engine in Northern Minnesota."

    Trump called the more than 8,000 people packed in Duluth's Amsoil Arena "the most incredible people than anywhere on Earth. ...
    "I hate to bring this up, but we came this close to winning the state of Minnesota and in 2 and 1/2 years it's going to be really easy, I think,'' Trump said to applause.
    "I needed one more speech, one more visit. That's why you never giver up,'' he told the crowd, many holding "make america great again signs. "That's why you never give up."
    -- Chris Graves, MPR News
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