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Trump to visit ILM, campaign for Republican candidates next Friday

Former President Donald Trump will visit Aero Center on ILM’s campus Sept. 23 to host a Save America Rally and campaign for Republican U.S. Senate nominee Tedd Budd, among others. (Port City Daily/file)

WILMINGTON — Former President Donald Trump is making a trip to the Cape Fear region next week.

The “Save America Rally” will be held Sept. 23 at the Aero Center at Wilmington International Airport, 1830 Flightline Rd. Trump will campaign for Republican U.S. Senate nominee Ted Budd, along with other candidates, including Republican U.S. House nominees David Rouzer (District 7), Gregory Murphy (District 3), Virginia Foxx (District 5), Dan Bishop (District 8), Richard Hudson (District 9), Patrick McHenry (District 10) and Bo Hines (District 13).

“President Donald Trump’s commitment to protecting and promoting American jobs grew our economy and created more and better opportunities for all Americans,” Budd said in a press release. “Trump carried North Carolina twice and Amy Kate and I are thrilled he’s heading back to our great state to get folks fired up as our campaign accelerates into the final stretch.”

Trump endorsed Budd at the North Carolina Republican Convention in Greenville on June 5, 2021. Budd is running against Democrat Cheri Beasley for retiring Sen. Richard Burr’s open seat. 

Parking lots and registration will open at 8 a.m. and doors open at 2 p.m. Trump is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m., with other speakers slated to begin at 4 p.m.

Trump’s Wilmington visit is just one stop on his rally tour leading up to the November elections. He visited North Carolina earlier in the year with a trip to Selma in April.

During his presidency, Trump visited Wilmington in September 2020 to declare the city as the nation’s first World War II heritage city. New Hanover County GOP chair Will Knecht said during the visit it was the first time Air Force One ever touched down at ILM.

His daughter Ivanka Trump also visited the Port City in September 2020 to deliver a “fireside chat” in an effort to connect with North Carolina voters. Trump’s daughter-in-law and Wrightsville Beach native Lara Trump greeted New Hanover County residents at GOP headquarters the following month.

Tickets to next Friday’s event can be reserved online and they are limited to two per person.

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