Trump, Pence return to North Carolina this week

Vice President Mike Pence waves before boarding Air Force Two at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, to travel back to Washington after speaking at the 2020 Republican National Convention. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

RALEIGH — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are coming back to the Tar Heel state this week.

President Trump’s Wednesday visit to Wilmington is set to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and to declare the city as the first World War II Heritage City.

The President will meet with veterans, tour the Battleship North Carolina, and give remarks honoring the contributions of the city of Wilmington to the U.S. victory in World War II.

Built in 1937, Battleship North Carolina was first commissioned on April 9, 1941 and took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operation, and earned 15 battle stars. 

After the war, the ship was used as a training vessel and finally decommissioned in 1947. The Battleship North Carolina found a permanent place in Wilmington as a war memorial.

In March 2019, President Trump signed legislation directing the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to designate at least one city per year as an American World War II Heritage City.

This will be President Trump’s 12th official visit to North Carolina.

Vice President Pence is scheduled make two stops, first to visit a crisis pregnancy center in Raleigh as part of an event with pro-life activists at Christ Community Church. Sen. Thom Tillis, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, and NC Values Coalition executive director Tami Fitzgerald are other notable guests.

“Life is winning across the nation,” said SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Communities across North Carolina are working hard to build up pro-life resources to provide for the needs of mothers and their children. Meanwhile, SBA List has already made over 230,000 visits to North Carolina voters, educating people about the stark differences between candidates on abortion. In contrast to the Trump administration’s pro-life leadership, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and extremist Democrats advocate abortion on demand through birth, paid for by taxpayers. Their agenda is radically out of step with the majority of Americans who support common ground limits on abortion.”

The vice president’s second event will be to accept the endorsement of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association.

“President Trump and Vice President Pence stand with law enforcement officers and have received the endorsements of police associations from around America because of their strong support. While Joe Biden and the radical left threaten to defund the police and undermine law and order, President Trump and Vice President Pence will always back the blue,” says a statement from the organization.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris have yet to announce any in-person campaign visits to North Carolina. According to Biden’s campaign, he is set to visit Arizona, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin after Labor Day.

Biden last campaigned in North Carolina during the Democratic primaries, speaking at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh on Feb. 29.