GUILFORD – President Donald Trump announced earlier this week he would be visiting Maine on Friday.
Trump is set to make an appearance at Puritan Medical Products in Guilford. Many residents said they’re not sure what to expect but are looking forward to the president’s visit.
“When I first heard the news, I was just ecstatic that the president of the United States was gonna take time to recognize the hard work that has gone on at Puritan,” Representative Paul Stearns (R – Guilford) said.
Puritan Medical Products has been making medical swabs to test for COVID-19.
On the day before the president’s arrival, residents were out and about talking of the visit.
“We have a lot of Guilford residents who are proud to see the president, and we’re looking forward to it,” said Richard Millett, a Guilford resident.
Town Manager Johanna Turner said the town has not been given much information about what to expect.
“We’ve really not been included in many of the planning details, and I think that’s probably for security purposes, so we really haven’t been able to direct the public,” Turner said.
Businesses nearby haven’t been given directions yet either but are preparing.
“We’re probably gonna end up shutting down for a little while tomorrow because I don’t think anybody’s gonna be in the downtown area. I don’t think they’re gonna be allowed down here,” said Paul Zimmerman, co-owner of the Red Maple Inn. “The parking lot across the street’s already shut off.”
Hilary Kendall, a Guilford resident, said her son is graduating from Piscataquis Community High School hours after Trump’s helicopter lands in the school’s field.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Kendall said. “How often can you say the president of the United States came to your town the day you graduated? So, it’s something to kind of look back at.”
In the midst of Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the country, people are expecting there to be protesters with Trump in town.
“We live in America. We have a constitution, and people have a right to protest,” State Senator Paul Davis (R – Sangerville) said. “If the protesters do come, I’m hoping that they will all be peaceful.”
Trump is expected to arrive on Friday afternoon.