PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (WGME) — President Trump is coming to New England for his next campaign rally.
The outdoor rally is scheduled to be held Saturday on the tarmac of the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.
It will be the president’s first campaign stop in a battleground state since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The president’s rally is likely to draw both supporters and protesters.
The U.S. Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security already are in Portsmouth making preparations for Trump’s plan to hold an outdoor rally at Pease. He will be inside a hangar with the doors open for supporters who may want to stay outside for the rally.
But some in Portsmouth say gatherings like this are irresponsible.
“You are putting people at risk. He’s doing it for his ego,” said William Torrence, who is not a Trump supporter.
Torrence and his wife wore masks — something the president is rarely seen doing.
Torrence said it was “really disappointing for a leader of our country, the United States, to be acting the way he is, selfishly.”
Kevin Pimental, a Trump supporter, saw matters differently.
“I think it’s fine. Why shouldn’t he be able to go anywhere he wants? I mean, he’s campaigning. Why shouldn’t he?”
The president s campaign stop is expected to draw supporters from Maine and the other New England states.
Campaign officials said hand sanitizer and masks will be handed out to rally-goers, who will be strongly encouraged to wear them.
The White House plans to release more details about the visit later this week.