President Donald Trump is returning to Western Pennsylvania on Wednesday to provide the keynote address at the annual Shale Insight Conference. This will be Trump’s second visit to the region in recent months.
Trump’s address in Pittsburgh will detail his record of promoting domestic energy production and removing permitting constraints, a White House official told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He will also claim that under his administration that the United States has become the largest oil and natural gas producer in the world.
This will be Trump’s second appearance at the conference; he delivered the closing remarks in 2016 while he was a candidate for President. House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) is also slated to be one of the featured speakers for the conference, according to the event’s website.
This event, like his trip to a Beaver County ethane cracker plant in August, is being billed as an official White House visit, although his previous address included swipes at Democratic political rivals.
Since Trump’s previous visit in the keystone state, the PAGOP unanimously endorsed his 2020 reelection bid.
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party criticized Trump over a number of policies, in which they believe are harmful to the state ahead of his visit to Pittsburgh.
“The people of Pennsylvania are no longer fooled by Trump’s broken promises and outright lies,” said PA Democratic Party Executive Director Sinceré Harris. “His economic policies have been disastrous for Pennsylvania’s farmers and middle class families. People are waking up to these facts. Confidence in the Trump economy has eroded. And when it comes to issues like protecting health care for everyone, giving working families a raise, and investing in affordable education, Pennsylvanians know Democrats will be the ones to have their backs and fight for them – not just offer empty, divisive rhetoric and fight for tax cuts for the rich like Donald Trump.”
The Pennsylvania Republican Party did not immediately respond for comment.
Next week is shaping up to include visits from various influential figures in both parties in Pennsylvania. The Times Leader is reporting that Vice President Mike Pence will be in the Scranton area on Oct. 21, while former Vice President Joe Biden will be visiting Northeast PA on Oct. 22, just days after receiving endorsements from various Lackawanna and Luzerne County elected officials. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is also set to hold fundraisers in Philadelphia on Oct. 20.