Above, 7/6/16, Trump rally in Sharonville, Ohio, WLWT video
7/6/16, "In Cincinnati speech, Trump says Gingrich 'will be involved in our government'," The Columbus Dispatch, Darrel Rowland
"Ever the showman, Donald Trump teased and tantalized Wednesday but didn't give up the goods on whether Newt Gingrich would become his running mate. “I’ll tell you one thing, folks: I am not saying it's Newt, but if it is Newt, nobody’s going to beat him in those debates, that’s for sure,” Trump told around 5,000 at the Sharonville Convention Center....
The suburban Cincinnati event -- in the heart of Republican territory that any GOP candidate must win big -- was the first formal appearance of the former U.S. House speaker from Georgia with Trump....
Trump questioned Clinton's suggestion near the end of the federal investigation that Lynch might be asked to stay on if she is elected.
“You’re not allowed to do that. That’s bribery, folks,” Trump asserted....
Trump also attended a Cincinnati fund-raiser hosted by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus where tickets topped out at $25,000."
7/6/16, "Trump brings unfiltered, unconventional style to Sharonville," WLWT, John London,
"Donald Trump brought his unfiltered, unconventional style to Sharonville’s Convention Center Wednesday night, thrilling thousands with a fierce denunciation of Hillary Clinton...
His ability to project strength resonates with his supporters. Mixed in the crowd were veterans, young people and rural and urban dwellers who are attracted to Trump’s larger-than-life persona and repelled by the thought of his political opponent....
Some supporters waited up to 18 hours for their Trump moment."...
Above, 7/6/16, Trump rally in Sharonville, Ohio, WLWT video
Below, Trump speaks to crowd in overflow room:
Above and below, Overflow room, 7/6/16, At Cincinnati, Ohio, rally, Trump "stands on chair to say hello and thank the overflow crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Extra: Trump on how he's going to do it: ''Trade reform is quickest way to bring our jobs back."
6/28/16, Trump policy speech in Monessen, Pennsylvania: 'Trade reform is quickest way to bring our jobs back.' In a Trump administration, 'American steel will be used for American infrastructure, American steel will fortify American bridges, American steel will rebuild our inner cities.' Globalization made many people wealthy and confesses he used to be one of them-June 28, 2016
6/29/16, "Trump outlines economic plan in Monessen speech," Herald-Standard, Christine Haines, Monessen, Pa.
"Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Tuesday offered an invited audience of 250 supporters a vision of the Mon Valley that once again includes manufacturing jobs--if he is elected president.
“I want you to imagine a much better life, and a life where you can have the American dream again,” Trump said.
“The Pittsburgh region played a crucial role in building our nation,” Trump said. “Our workers’ loyalty was repaid with betrayal.”
Trump said globalization made a number of politicians very wealthy, confessing that he used to be one of them.
Trump called for strict enforcement of existing trade laws to give America economic independence, saying it was the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) approved in the 1990s that helped bring about the end of American jobs.
Emily Zboyovsky of Monessen attended Tuesday’s policy speech along with her two grandsons, who are in high school and college.
“What he said, I thought of it in the 1990s when it happened. Everybody tells me I’m wrong,” Zboyovsky said.
“Many of these areas have never recovered and never will, unless I become president,” Trump said. “Skilled craftsmen and factory workers have seen their jobs shipped thousands of miles away.
“Trade reform…is the quickest way to bring our jobs back to our country,” Trump said.
Fayette County Republican committeeman Gary Colatch said he’s liked what he’s seen of the Trump campaign.
Four years ago I said if that man ran for president, I’d do anything I can to get him elected,” Colatch said.
In addition to the invited guests, another 40 or 50 supporters stood outside Alumisource where Trump was speaking, hoping to catch a glimpse of the candidate as he arrived or left.
“I expected to be one of thousands here,” said Cathy Ruscitto of Scenery Hill. “I didn’t know it was invitation only. We’re going to stand outside if we can’t get in. We are anxious to hear his message.”
Trump accused his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton of betraying the American worker her entire career, supporting trade agreements that favor foreign countries while hampering American businesses.
“We do not need to enter into another international trade agreement that ties us down and binds us up,” Trump said, calling for the United States to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has not yet been ratified.
Withdrawing from the TTP was one of seven steps Trump outlined as part of his policy if elected.
“The era of economic surrender will finally be over,” Trump said.
Trump said he wants to identify violators of trade agreements and would tell the NAFTA partners that he wants to renegotiate that pact.
“Hillary Clinton wants to shut down energy production and shut down the mines, and she said it just recently, she wants to shut down the miners. I want to do exactly the opposite,” Trump said.
“The Trump administration will also ensure that we start using American steel for American infrastructure. It will be American steel that will fortify American bridges. It will be American steel that sends our skyscrapers soaring, soaring into the sky, a beautiful sight. It will be American steel that rebuilds our inner cities. It will be American hands that remake this country and it will be American energy mined from American resources that powers this country.”
Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum was present for Trump’s speech and said while there are still areas where he differs with Trump, Tuesday’s message was not one of them.
“I thought it was a new message and the right message,” Santorum said. “This is the first nominee in a long time who has focused on enforcing our trade laws.”
While Trump was stumping in Monessen, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, D-Scranton, put out a release condemning Trump’s policies.
“Pennsylvania cannot risk the massive job loss that would happen if Donald Trump is elected president and his policies are enacted into law,” Casey said in the release.
Santorum noted that Pennsylvania jobs have already been lost.
“Maybe he should come to the Mon Valley and take a look,” Santorum said of Casey.
Trump’s visit to Monessen had a historic element, being one of the few times a presidential candidate or president has appeared in the Mon Valley.
Then-Vice President Al Gore, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, spoke during a ceremony in downtown Elizabeth on Memorial Day in 2000.
His wife, Tipper Gore, spoke during a rally in Chess Park in Monongahela in October 2000.
Monessen hosted a visit in 1962 by then-President John Kennedy. Kennedy spoke before an estimated crowd of 25,000 during a midterm campaign stop. That speech was made on a stage at Sixth Street and Donner Avenue, just blocks away from Trump’s address on Tuesday.
California Borough council member Ryan Encapera, a Republican, who was in the audience for the Trump event Tuesday, said his great-uncle Nick Encapera was Kennedy’s driver when he visited Monessen more than 50 years ago. Encapera is also a ninth grade civics teacher and saw Tuesday as an great opportunity to share with his students and to be a part of the regional history as his great uncle was.
Not everyone in the audience was a Republican, however. Donora Mayor Don Pavelko is a Democrat who got an invitation to the event through his police superintendent.
“We finally have somebody who is showing some interest in the Mon Valley and I’m here to see what Mr. Trump will do for Donora and the Mon Valley. The valley has been a abandoned stepchild for years. It’s about time somebody showed they’re thinking of us,” Pavelko said."
Transcript of 6/28/16 Trump speech on trade reform, "the quickest way to bring our jobs back," in Monessen, Pennsylvania includes 128 footnotes. Footnotes are numbered below, text of footnotes at link.
6/28/16, "Declaring America's Economic Independence," Donald J. Trump speech, Monessen, Pennsylvania
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"If Trump is to carry Pennsylvania, Monessen is the kind of Democratic town he must win in November. In fact, he was invited to town by Democratic Mayor Louis Mavrakis."...
6/28/16, "Trump Delivers Policy Speech In Monessen," CBS Pittsburgh, Jon Delano
"Donald Trump told Mon Valley workers that he, and not Hillary Clinton, could negotiate and enforce stronger trade deals that would restore hard hit towns like Monessen.
“Our politicians have aggressively pursued a policy of globalization, moving our jobs, our wealth and our factories to Mexico and overseas,” he said.
Trump outlined a seven-point plan to restore America’s trade position and blamed the Clintons for NAFTA and other bad trade deals.
“She has it completely backwards,” he said. “Hillary Clinton unleashed a trade war against the American worker when she supported one terrible deal after another. From NAFTA to China to South Korea, it doesn’t matter, no matter where she went, the American worker was hurt.”
Trump pledged to stand up for American workers and the American steel industry.
“It will be American steel that sends our skyscrapers soaring, soaring into the sky,” he said.
If Trump is to carry Pennsylvania, Monessen is the kind of Democratic town he must win in November.
In fact, he was invited to town by Democratic Mayor Louis Mavrakis, who is upset with President Barack Obama.
Monessen was once a town with a population of about 20,000 people. However, that number has dwindled to 7,700 residents due in large part to the Wheeling-Pittsburgh mill closure."...