While in Cleveland, he met with Republican donors, talked about tax cuts passed past year, and endorsed Republican Senate hopeful Jim Renacci.
President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform at the Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, May 5, 2018.
"Unless Mike Gibbons is suing himself, filing a defamation suit for having his own pro-choice, anti-Trump words quoted back to him shows he's just as confused about the law as he is about where he stands on abortion", said a statement from Martinez. He also looked ahead to his meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
"They don't want the wall but we're going to get the wall, even if we have to think about closing up the country for a while", CNN quoted Trump as saying during a tax reform roundtable in OH on Saturday. Trump pledged a strong stand on trade to achieve "a level playing field", saying that "other countries, they put themselves first. And you can't allow people to pour into our country the way they're doing", he added.
In an effort to advance his agenda and policies, President Trump is calling on OH voters to elect Republican lawmaker Jim Renacci to the Senate, saying "we need his vote very badly".
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During the roundtable, the President sharply criticised Democrats, including Ohio's Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, for their opposition to a border wall.
"He'll be fantastic", President Trump said.
"In making the defamatory statements identified herein, Renacci acted with actual malice and is thus responsible for punitive damages", says the lawsuit, which seeks punitive and compensatory damages of more than $1 million.
Trump's visit comes as Republicans are facing an increasingly challenging midterm election environment. A blue win in the upcoming election would allow Democrats to remain competitive in OH, and potentially change the direction of Ohio's electoral power in 2020.