President Trump Plans To Visit Maine on Friday
President Donald Trump plans to visit Maine on Friday, according to several news outlets.
Trump will visit with workers at Puritan Medical Products in Guilford. The company makes medical swabs for use in COVID-19 testing. The company recently was awarded $75.5 million in federal funds to expand production at its facility in Pittsfield. The company has about 500 employees.
According to an account of a recent call among Trump and the nation's governors, Gov. Janet Mills, D-Maine, voiced concern over the potential visit.
“Mr. President I am very concerned quite frankly that … we understand you might be coming to the state of Maine later this week. I am very concerned that your presence may cause security problems for our state,” Mills said, according to the Daily Beast.
According to the transcript, Trump said he would look into Mills' concerns.
An ABC reporter later Tweeted the president later told Gov. Jim Justice, R-West Virginia, that while Mills tried to dissuade him from coming, she "probably talked him into it."
Mills has signed an executive order stating visitors to the state must quarantine for 14 days.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, visited the Guilford facility on April 30.
The $75.5 million in federal funds will be used to convert a 95,000-square-foot warehouse in Pittsfield into a modern manufacturing facility. Puritan plans to add 150 people as part of the expansion.