President Trump visits Phoenix hosts “Latinos for Trump” roundtable


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President Trump on a previous visit to Phoenix

Michael Russell, Reporter

President Trump visited Arizona on Monday afternoon. It was his fifth visit to Arizona in 2020. He arrived after a stop in California where he was briefed on Federal and State efforts to battle the wildfires that have ravaged both California and Oregon.

Trump hosted a roundtable billed as a ‘Latinos for Trump’ event.  It was held at the Arizona Grand Resort, a four-star hotel in South Phoenix.

In addition to President Trump, Governor Doug Ducey, Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno, several Hispanic small business owners, State Representative T.J. Shope and Arizona Republican party chairwoman Kelli Ward were in attendance.  Sen. Martha McSally (R), who is locked in a pivotal race with Mark Kelly (D) was not at the event.

The roundtable started with President Trump’s opening remarks, which were largely pro-Hispanic, supportive of law enforcement and attacking his opponent Joe Biden.

Gov. Ducey began by remarking that September is Hispanic Heritage Month.  He also thanked President Trump for the USMCA which replaced NAFTA and which he feels helped strengthened Arizona’s economy.

Arte Moreno was the next featured speaker.  He related his experiences growing up in a hard-working, immigrant family —  both his parents being from Mexico. He was the oldest of 11 children. He expressed that his father instilled a strong work ethic in him. He is a Vietnam veteran and a University of Arizona graduate. He mentioned that his baseball team, the Angels, are struggling a bit and threw his support behind President Trump.

Several Hispanic small business owners followed and spoke at the roundtable about success they have found through hard work and determination and living the “American dream”. Many talked about their support for President Trump.

Sgt. Jimmy Chavez of the National Troopers coalition and 30-year law enforcement veteran, spoke about the need for strong support of law enforcement and against calls for defunding the police by some organizations.

There were lines of supporters outside who could not get in, as well as protesters on the opposite side of the hotel entrance.  Both groups were peaceful though and no incidents were reported.

President Trump left Sky Harbor airport Monday Night.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Arizona on Friday.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden has promised an upcoming visit but is yet to set a date, according to

Both Presidential candidates will square off in their first debate on Sept. 29.