President Trump to visit Chicago for the first time since becoming president

Updated: 2019-10-21 18:30:12

For the first time since becoming president, President Trump will visit Chicago for the 2020 campaign, he is scheduled to make his first appearance in the city on Monday, Oct. 28.

The trip to Chicago is for a fundraiser, which will be hosted in part by Todd Ricketts, the Republican National Committee finance chair and part-owner of the Chicago Cubs, NBC 5 reported. 

Among the hosts listed for Monday’s event were RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, Co-chairman Tommy Hicks Jr., and Trump’s Campaign Manager Brad Parscale.

Tickets ranged from $2,800 per person to the lunch to $35,000 per couple for a photo opportunity, reaching $100,000 per person for access to a roundtable discussion with President Trump himself, according to the outlet.

President Trump has repeatedly blamed Chicago for the city’s violence. He used to make headlines for his remarks at the IACP’S 2018 conference in Florida, calling on law enforcement in Chicago to “help straighten out the terrible shooting wave.”

During the 2016 campaign, the president’s first rally in March was canceled over safety concerns. He returned to the city that September for a campaign event at the Polish National Alliance in the Edgebrook neighborhood, followed by a fundraiser in suburban Bolingbrook.

President Trump’s visit to Chicago goes along with The International Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual convention that will be held in the city from Saturday through Tuesday.

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama will also be in Chicago on Monday for the third annual Obama Foundation summit at the future location of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.

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