GUILFORD – President Donald Trump is planning to make an appearance in Maine on Friday. He said he wants to visit Puritan Medical Products, a company that has been making medical swabs to test for COVID-19.
“That to me is pretty cool that the president of the U.S. is coming to visit us and just to say, ‘You guys are doing a good job. Keep it up,'” said Eli Dunfee, general manager of Whitney’s Market in Guilford.
Dunfee said the small community of about 1,500 people is now being put on the map.
“I, for one, as a young entrepreneur think it would be awesome just to be in the community and be around my business,” said Dunfee.
Monson resident James Crockett said, “I think it’s great that he comes to such a small town and appreciates the work that the people at Puritan are doing.”
The governor, along with other residents ABC 7 and Fox 22 spoke with, is taking a different view of the president’s potential visit. In light of the president’s recent comments, Gov. Janet Mills asked President Trump not to visit.
“We don’t have the details about the visit yet. So we haven’t been informed for sure that he’s coming or when and where or what the arrangements are intended to be,” Mills said.
The governor said his presence could pose a risk, bringing people from out of state to Maine.
“I do not anticipate violence. I anticipate a robust discussion if he chooses to visit the state,” Mills added.
The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that they are working closely with the Secret Service, Maine State Police and other sheriff’s offices to keep Mainers safe.