(WFRV) – President Donald Trump visited Green Bay and Marinette, Thursday. Before President Trump traveled to Marinette, he held a Town Hall with Sean Hannity of Fox News. This was a closed event that local media did not have access to so coverage was not possible.
President Trump then traveled to Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Marine 1 for a tour of the shipyard followed by remarks at 4 p.m.
As a part of his speech, the President brought two employees of the company on to the stage to make their own remarks.
“My hands were shaking a little bit, but it was good to look out into the crowd and see all my coworkers and friends here, so it kind of helped ease it a little bit for me,” Tyler Cahill, a Quality Coordinator for Fincantieri Marinette Marine told Local 5 after the event.
He added that the President’s attention meant a lot to the area.
“If you don’t go north of Green Bay, you don’t really know too much about Marinette,” he said. “So it’s pretty exciting for the area to have the President of the United States to come here and visit.”
The President then returned to Austin Straubel International Airport before departing for Washington D.C. on Air Force One.
Marinette awaits President Trump’s arrival
President Trump arrived in Green Bay shortly before 1 p.m. this afternoon. Now, Marinette awaits his arrival via Marine One. WFRV Local 5’s Erinn Taylor shows attendees arriving outside Fincantieri Marinette Marine.
In Marinette, President Trump is scheduled to tour Fincantieri Marinette Marine at around 4 p.m. before delivering remarks to the gathering crowd. He is expected to discuss the $5.5 billion contract by the Department of Defense to build ten new Navy frigates at Marinette Marine.
President Trump arrives in Green Bay
President Trump has arrived in Green Bay.
President Trump will participate in a Town Hall with Sean Hannity of Fox News. This is a closed event that local media will not have access to, so live streaming coverage will not be possible.
Local 5’s Eric Richards spoke with supporters and protestors of President Trump’s visit outside the airport.
Protestors awaiting President Trump’s arrival, Fincantieri Marinette Marine sets stage
President Trump is expected to arrive at Green Bay’s Austin Straubel International Airport around 1 p.m. WFRV Local 5’s Eric Richards spoke with protestors gathering outside the airport.
Meanwhile, the stage has been set at Fincantieri Marinette Marine. President Trump is scheduled to travel to Marinette later in the afternoon.
Numerous politicians have responded to President Trump’s arrival.
State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) said, in part,:
“I’d like to thank President Trump for his visit and commitment to Marinette Marine. I’d also like to thank Marinette Marine for their dedication to making northeastern Wisconsin a great place to work, live, and raise a family.”
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) discussed the contract for Marinette Marine, adding that it means a long and stable employment opportunity for Northeast Wisconsin.
“It’s not just Marinette Marine. It will be all of the subsidiaries and suppliers that will be throughout the state of Wisconsin and quite honestly throughout the United States. The minimum contract is for 10 frigates. That’s some very long term and stable employment for Marinette, Wisconsin.”
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) says the new contract is a positive result and will bring jobs to the community.
“We want to move in that direction as quickly as we can. And I urge the president not to just encourage the Navy and make good on his buy American promises.”
Preparing for a presidential visit
President Trump’s visit comes a day after a Marquette Law School poll showed likely Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden widening his lead in Wisconsin.
On the eve of President Trump’s arrival, Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich posted an open letter to him, saying in part:
“Our instinct toward hospitality, of course, extends to our president, but I want you to know that it has its limitations. We don’t tolerate intolerance or willful ignorance, and we won’t endorse or ignore divisive and bigoted rhetoric. I hope your town hall event is a legitimate opportunity for you to listen to and learn from all members of this community, including those who have been left out of your vision of America.“
City of Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot released a statement ahead of President Trump’s visit, saying:
“The City of Marinette is honored to welcome President Trump, the first US president to ever visit Marinette. We appreciate the President’s support of the recently awarded $5 billion Navy shipbuilding contract to Marinette Marine. Our community will continue to see significant growth of up to 1,000 new manufacturing jobs which will also impact hundreds of suppliers throughout Wisconsin. We will see years of growth as a direct result.
“With this growth will come an even higher priority for affordable housing for current and new workers and we will work with federal and state programs such as Opportunity Zones to find creative housing solutions.
“Again, I thank President Trump for his support in bringing good paying jobs to Wisconsin and years of growth to our community.”
Earlier Wednesday, Alan Timmerman of Jet Air Group spoke with WFRV Local 5 about how he and his staff at Austin Straubel Airport have been kept busy ahead of President Trump’s arrival. Timmerman offered up one of Jet Air’s hangars for President Trump’s Town Hall. Over the last 12 years, Timmerman has helped support four U.S. presidents arriving here on Air Force One: George Bush, Sr., George Bush, Jr., Barack Obama, and Trump as they’ve traveled through Green Bay for business or to campaign.
Vice President Mike Pence, as well as Secretary of Education Besty DeVos, was in Wisconsin earlier this week. VP Pence and Secretary DeVos participated in a roundtable discussion on school choice in Waukesha before the vice president traveled to Pewaukee to participate in a Faith in America Event.
President Trump to tour Fincantieri Marinette Marine Shipyard this afternoon
President Trump will be traveling to Fincantieri Marinette Marine Shipyard where he’s expected to tour the shipyard and speak to employees.
The trip comes just months after Vice President Mike Pence toured the shipyard earlier this year. President Trump is expected to discuss his administration’s actions to expand the shipyard, which is expected to create thousands of additional jobs at the shipyard and across the Wisconsin and Michigan supply chains.
The Trump administration awarded a contract to build ten new ships at the Marinette Marine for up to $5.5 billion. This is part of an $800 million contract to develop a new missile frigate for the U.S. Navy with the opportunity to construct nine more. As a result of this contract, Fincantieri plans to invest over $200 million in Wisconsin and create over 1,000 jobs at the shipyard. If all the options are exercised by the government, the contract could be worth over $5 billion.
Before traveling to Marinette, the President will sit down with Sean Hannity in Green Bay for a Fox News-hosted town hall about police reform and the 2020 Election.
The President is scheduled to deliver his speech at the Marinette Marine Shipyard at about 5:00 p.m. You can follow this story on-air and online right here with Local 5.