President Donald Trump's gestures during a panel discussion on tax reform at the Cleveland Auditorium and Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, May 5, 201
CLEVELAND – President Donald Trump said on Saturday "we want to do everything here" as he propelled his "America First" agenda into a Cleveland appearance, days before the state's primary code  Trump spent several hours in Ohio meeting with supporters and attending a roundtable to highlight the benefits of the Republican new tax code. With a solemn tone Trump listed his poll numbers and reported on the successes of his first year in office. He also looked at his meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
"We have the time and the place all ready," Trump said, but he would not predict the outcome of the talks and say, "We'll see what happens."
Trump criticized US immigration policy and said that people who enter the US illegally use "catch-and-release" practices and do not appear for their immigration court data. He said, "We may have to close our country to get it right."
He also said that the US protectionist trade policy and its isolationist policies would benefit the Americans. Trump pledged a strong attitude towards the trade to create "a level playing field" and said that "other countries put themselves first … we want to be the first."
"We're going to our people take care of it, "he added.
Trump also participated in a fundraiser for Trump Victory, the joint committee that funded his campaign, the Republican National Committee, which first met with high-dollar donors and then addressed a larger group of about 250 donors. The RNC said Trump rallied $ 3 million during the events.
Trump attempted to increase Republican legislator Jim Renacci in his motion for the Senate, saying "we need his vote very bad."
Renacci, a member of the House, is running for the Senate against Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown. Trump predicted, "He will be fantastic."
At the official taxpayer-funded event, Trump also criticized Brown, saying he shares Democrat's "deep-seated" support for what he claims is loose immigration policy. Renacci greeted Trump on the tarmac in Cleveland and sat next to the president at the event.
Trump's visit comes as Republicans face an increasingly challenging campaign environment.
Ohio has several competitive races in November. The GOP is basing its election hopes on convincing Americans that the tax law will improve their lives as the party seeks to circumvent the political headwind of the White House.
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