Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

President Trump goes off-script on immigration during speech in WV

President Trump goes off-script on immigration during speech in WV

During a roundtable with workers and business leaders in West Virginia Thursday, the president heard stories about how they are benefiting from tax cuts.

Speaking at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center, Trump, flanked by two front-running candidates in the primary, alternated between taking shots at incumbent U.S. Sen.

Two Republicans competing in the senate primary - Rep. Evan Jenkins and State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey - attended the event, sitting on either side of the president.

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Jenkins said that "West Virginians understand your policies are working" and that Trump was "welcome to come back any time". "I used the word 'rape, ' and yesterday it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels nobody has ever seen before".

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Before moving on to those impacted by tax cuts, the state's political leadership represented on stage took turns praising the president and the tax cuts.

Although Trump's administration billed the event as an official visit to tout the benefit of the tax cut package Trump signed into law previous year, Trump literally threw away his single page of prepared remarks and delved into 20 freewheeling minutes, alternating between policy points and political jabs.

"You've made a huge difference", said Terry Dotson, a president, chairman and CEO of Worldwide Equipment who took part in Thursday's roundtable.

He repeated his unfounded and unsubstantiated claim that "millions and millions of people" voted illegally in 2016.


He says, "They always like to say, 'Oh, that's a conspiracy theory.' Not a conspiracy theory, folks".

"In many places, like California, the same person votes many times", Trump said".

Nielsen says the administration wants the National Guard's help providing surveillance along the border and maintenance for border patrol vehicles and aircraft to free up law enforcement assets for securing the border.

As he has done before, Trump conjured images of violence and suffering when he described the perils of illegal immigration, though statistics show that immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than citizens.

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