Trump makes 1st SC visit since election, protests planned
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) —
Looking ahead to Trump's visit and protests planned
President Donald Trump is visiting South Carolina for the first time since winning the Republican primary a year ago.
The president travels Friday to North Charleston, where Boeing is rolling out the first 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft from its assembly line.
The trip comes just two days after Boeing workers voted overwhelmingly to turn back an effort to unionize the plant.
Both Trump and top South Carolina backer Gov. Henry McMaster are set to deliver remarks. McMaster became the state's top executive last month after Trump selected then-Gov. Nikki Haley as his United Nations ambassador.
Also slated to speak is Rev. Eric Manning. He's pastor of Emanuel AME Church, site of the June 2015 slayings of nine Bible study participants by Dylann Roof.
The President is set to arrive around noon, tour the Boeing facility, and speak around 1 p.m. He then heads out around 2 p.m. for Palm Beach, Florida. WATCH VIDEO
Members of the group Indivisible Charleston say they've planned a peaceful protest during the president's visit.
They said they are not protesting him, but the policies and the people that have been appointed to positions of power since his election.
The group is fairly new to Charleston, only about three weeks old, but has close to two thousand members already.
They formed from the national group, Indivisible Guide, created by staffers of Congress.
Indivisible Charleston says they focus on putting pressure on elected officials to make sure they are being represented.
So far they have over 500 people planning to attend today's protest.
Travelers shouldn't be too affected.
Charleston International Airport officials warned that flights will not be able to take off or land 30 minutes before the arrival of Air Force One at 11:30 a.m. and for 30 minutes after its departure around 1:30 p.m.
In between – approximately 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. – commercial air service will operate normally under guidance from the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower.
They also said vehicle traffic on International Boulevard is not expected to be affected.
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