COLUMBUS – After a turbulent week of news, President Donald Trump's trip to Ohio could be a welcome distraction for him, speaking at 6 pm today.
Trump loves an enthusiastic one and he'll get that at the Ohio Republican Party's annual fundraising dinner on Friday, outside which Trump wrestles with criminal cases and political dramas from close allies.
On Tuesday, Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort joined the bank Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen said Trump has ordered him to pay for alleged ex-mistresses, a violation of eligibility rules.
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors immunity to the chief financial officer granted the Trump organization Allen Weisselberg.
The former Trum p-consultant Omarosa Manigault-Newman publishes a book titled "Unhinged" And about her time in the White House, complete with e-mails and recorded conversations.
And the president continued to argue that the safety clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, a vocal Trump critic, should be revoked.
In Ohio, a state the president won with 8 percentage points, 54 percent of voters do not vote for the job Trump does.
But its numbers are much higher among Republicans: 91 percent approval, according to the last Quinnipiac University Survey.
These are the people who will fill the Columbus Convention Center on Friday night: Republicans like Senator Rob Portman, who backed Trump's tax plan, and GOP governor Mike DeWine, who loves Trump's Supreme Court.
"It is an honor to welcome President Trump, whose policies are helping working families in Ohio to advance and live the American dream," wrote Jane Timken, long-time Trump's allies to the Ohio Republican Party.
Not present at the fundraiser: frequent Trump critic Gov. John Kasich. He would rather spend time with his teenage daughter who goes to college. (His other twin has already left the house.) Kasich also skipped the 2017 GOP dinner, which included Vice President Mike Pence headlining.
Trump's visit, his second in the last month, comes because Republicans want to retain control of Congress's presidential agenda. Trump headlined a rally for GOP candidate Troy Balderson, who won a victory in a central Ohio congress race over Democrat Danny O'Connor.
Does Trump help GOP candidates in the Midwest?
Co-chair of the Republican National Committee, Bob Paduchik, is convinced. "Donald J. Trump can motivate legions of volunteers and countless voters on a single rally," he wrote in a devastating column condemning Kasich on Cleveland.com.
But Trump can also cheer on the Democrats. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray has already raised funds for Trump's visit.
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