North Dakota Farmers Union president Mark Watne says his group didn't want to get in the way of the president's rally but wanted people to know that Trump's actions are hurting demand for farm products. "We need intellect. We need so many things", Trump said.
He is expected to appear in support of GOP Representative Kevin Cramer, who is running for election in the Senate and is looking to flip the seat of Democrat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. "Heidi Heitkamp will be a 'vote no" for whoever he nominates to replace Kennedy because 'she will be told to do so.' He told the crowd that a vote for Heitkamp or any other Democrat in the state is essentially a vote for impeachment-pushing Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.
Cramer, a three-term congressman and former state party chair who was personally urged by President Trump to run against Heitkamp, is attempting to paint her as an "out-of-touch liberal", and points to her support of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as evidence.
But Trump's message was clear: North Dakota needs to send Cramer to the Senate because he will vote with the president all the time.
Heitkamp has described having a "friendly" relationship with Trump. Heidi Heitkamp, although she is a moderate who strays at times from Democratic positions.
The president was in full-on campaign mode during the event, begging Democrats to "please please" keep Nancy Pelosi as their leader and constantly invoking Maxine Waters as the new face of the party. "That's why he did it", Trump said of Kennedy's decision to retire during his presidency.
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Watson joins four-time champion Billy Casper as the only two players to win the Travelers Championship more than two times. Behind them were four-time major victor Rory McIlroy as well as two Americans, Brian Harman and Peter Malnati, at 6-under.
He later shared a picture of the North Dakota crowd, tweeting the caption: "Thank you North Dakota". "We must elect more Republicans - we have to do that".
Cramer told The Associated Press that the hubbub was "more about the White House than me", but some Republicans believe it's time for Trump, who's enormously popular in North Dakota, to take on Heitkamp.
Donnelly said he had a "good conversation" with Trump and "will thoroughly review the record and qualifications" of the nominee. She also voted against some of his Cabinet nominees.
In a statement, Heitkamp dismissed Trump's attacks as "election-year politics" and said she was eager to work with Republicans, "including with the president". Who's the new leader? "I said I'm not anxious about what's happened in the past, I just want to talk about what we're going to do moving forward", Cramer said.
"I don't answer to a political party or president", she said.
Trump's past courtship of Heitkamp included an invitation to NY to discuss a Cabinet post soon after his 2016 election victory.