- Former President Donald Trump plans to travel to Detroit to deliver a speech to current and former union members instead of attending next week’s Republican primary debate.
- The former president’s travel plan emerged just days after thousands of United Auto Workers members went on strike at three major plants after the union and Detroit automakers failed to reach an agreement.
Former US President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at the CWA (Concerned Women of America) 2023 Summit in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2023.
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Former President Donald Trump plans to visit Detroit next week to speak with current and former union members instead of attending the Republican primary debate, his campaign told CNBC on Monday.
A campaign spokesperson confirmed a report in The New York Times that Trump, the clear favorite in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, intends to counterschedule the second primary debate as his rivals race to catch up to his lead.
The former president’s travel plans emerged just days after thousands of United Auto Workers members went on strike at three major plants after the union and Detroit automakers failed to reach an agreement.
A campaign source said Trump wants to speak before a crowd of more than 500 current and former union members, including not only auto workers but also plumbers, pipe fitters and electricians.
A UAW spokesperson did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the former president’s plans.
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