LEVANT- President Donald Trump made an impromptu visit to Treworgy Family Orchards to garner support from the 2nd Congressional District.
“The state of Maine is one of those last seats that the Republican Party really needs to have,” said Chris Smith of Ellsworth. “Mike Pence was here a couple weeks ago, Trump was here back in July, and he’s coming back again from New Hampshire, and I think it just shows he’s devoted, and the people here are showing him the same in return.”
After landing at Bangor International Airport and then traveling to Levant for a stop at the orchard, he was greeted by hundreds of supporters.
“It’s just an indication that America, the people and Mainers are concerned about the direction of our country,” said Dale Crafts, the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. “This right here shows that they’re going to come out in masses and they’re going to vote. I think there’s a red wave like no one has ever seen going to happen,”
Jonathan Kenerson, CEO of Treworgy Family Orchards, said he received a call from the White House Saturday evening informing him that a guest wanted to visit. Once he found out who the guest was, he said he was in shock.
“I asked why he wanted to stop here with only nine days left of his campaign. They simply said, ‘it was near an airport and it was an open space.’ So that was all I got,” Kenerson said. “I really don’t know anymore than that.”
He added that the orchard isn’t taking a political position left or right and his intentions were not to host a rally. He said when the president calls, he had to answer.
“Our values are being hospitable and welcoming to people,” Kenerson said. “When a sitting president asks if you will welcome him in, I believe it’s the right thing to do to welcome him in, so that’s what we did today.”
Trump spent less than half an hour at the orchard speaking with the crowd of supporters about the executive order he signed in June to allow fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the New England coast.