Trump headlines administration’s visits to North Carolina

Vice President Mike Pence and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC08) arrive at Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg July 17, 2019. Pence was visiting Fort Bragg to speak at a Salute to the Troops ceremony and then attended a rally in Greenville with President Donald Trump. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Joshua Cowden / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

GREENVILLE — President Donald Trump is returning to North Carolina for a campaign rally in a likely presidential battleground state that he won in 2016.

Trump was scheduled to address thousands inside Smith-Williams Arena at East Carolina University on Wednesday. He’ll arrive while still taking criticism for his tweet urging four Democratic congresswomen of color to return to their countries.

Wednesday is eventful for the Trump administration in North Carolina. Vice President Mike Pence plans to attend a private fundraiser for 9th Congressional District candidate Dan Bishop in Fayetteville and then speak to Fort Bragg military personnel and guests before joining Trump in Greenville.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will be in Raleigh to talk about her tax credit proposal designed to expand school-choice options. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is among event participants.