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President Trump To Visit Wapakoneta On Sunday

Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will tour a factory owned by an Australian company.
Michael Vadon
Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will tour a factory owned by an Australian company.

The White House says President Trump will visit the northwest Ohio city of Wapakoneta, where he’ll join Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to tour an Australian-owned manufacturing facility.

“This visit will demonstrate the strong trade and investment relationship between the United States and Australia and President Trump’s successful efforts to restore the United States as the world’s leading destination for foreign direct investment,” a White House statement says.

Trump is hosting Morrison at the White House on Friday for a state visit, including the second state dinner of his administration.

President Trump will also attend a Houston rally next week featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.

The Sunday event in Wapakoneta will be the President’s first trip to Ohio since he visited Dayton following a mass shooting that left nine people dead and nearly 30 others injured.

The day before, Trump plans to have dinner with the parents of Otto Warmbier, a Cincinnati college student who died in 2017 shortly after being freed from captivity in North Korea.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier say their son was tortured in prison, and were angered by Trump's comments last spring that he took North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "at his word" that he was unaware of any mistreatment of their son.

Otto Warmbier was convicted on trying to steal a propaganda poster while in the North Korean capital and spent 17 months in prison. He died at age 22, just days after being returned to the U.S. in a vegetative state. Doctors in Cincinnati said he suffered severe brain damage, but they weren't sure what led to it. North Korea said he fell into a coma that resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.


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Steve Brown
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and son. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.