President Donald Trump will visit both Central and Northern New York on Monday, Aug. 13.
President Trump will start the day with an official visit to Fort Drum where he is expected to sign The National Defense Authorization Act,
The act includes a 2.6% pay hike for soldiers.
He will then fly into Griffiss Airport in Rome for a visit to Utica, according to several people aware of the planning.
As a faithful supporter of President Trump, it has long been a goal for Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney to bring Trump to the 22nd District.
Monday in Utica, it is expected that Trump will attend a fundraiser for Congresswoman Tenney, who is in a tight race for re-election against Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.
Sources add that a venue in Utica has not been chosen for the fundraiser, as the Secret Service vets several locations. Other events could be added to the President’s official schedule and the exact timing Monday is yet to be confirmed.
Tenney hosted the President’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump for an official visit, not a campaign event, at Suit-Kote in Tully last month.
When Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence visited Onondaga County for a fundraiser lunch to benefit Congressman John Katko, the Vice President paired the visit with a tour of Nucor Steel in Auburn as his wife visited Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
As a candidate, Trump visited Central New York twice: first for a rally inside an airplane hangar at Griffiss, then for a rally at the Oncenter in Downtown Syracuse.
The majority of voters in the 22nd District supported Trump in the 2016 election, when Tenney was also first elected as Congresswoman.
The 22nd District includes all of Oneida, Madison, Cortland and Chenango Counties and parts of Oswego, Broome, Herkimer and Tioga Counties.