Local leaders react to Trump’s visit to the Basin

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TEXAS (Big 2/Fox 24) – President Trump set to touch down in the Lone Star State tomorrow for his fundraiser and visit Double Eagle Energy.

U.S. Representative Mike Conaway will be flying on Air Force One with President Trump as they set to land in the morning.

The representative states that the President’s visit isn’t just about making an appearance but letting the people of the Permian Basin know their importance in the energy industry.

“But just knowing that some one of President Trump’s stature and importance to our nation care enough to come out there and tour the area, listen to what their concerns are and hear from the leaders in the community is important,” says Conaway.

For Ector County’s Democratic Party Chair JoAnna Keese she says Trump has his interest first instead of the people’s.

“Personally I feel it’s a little overblown. Solely because it’s a very pricey fundraiser,” says Keese. “Any President to show as little concern for the people he represents and this is a red state, this is a red county and he is here to dip in their pockets.”

But Texas Representative Brooks Landgraf states, there’s not much to read into his visit.

Landgraf states whether Democratic or Republican, all candidates visit Texas to campaign and raise money and he believes Trump has the support and can raise the money in Texas.


“Texas was reliably in the Trump column in the 2016 election,” says Landgraf. “But the reason why the president is here is because he knows that this is the heart and soul of America’s energy industry, right here in the Permian Basin.”

In a recent Fox News Poll Texas remains a toss-up between presumptive Democratic Presidental Nominee Joe Biden and President Trump. The recent polls show Biden ahead by one point.

Former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke states Trump is in trouble.

“I think that’s why you see him coming to the Permian Basin this week. I think he’s trying to shore up support in Texas,” says O’Rourke. “Texas is in play and Texas’ 38 electoral college votes can be won by the Democratic nominee.”

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April 22 2021 09:00 am