“They were like death and un-American. Somebody says ‘treasonous.’ Trump said, “Can we call that treason? Why not?”
“They certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much,” he added.
First lady Melania Trump at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati
Trump rarely hesitates to criticize the opposite party, but his use of words like treason stood out.
David Pepper, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, called Trump’s words “hate-filled.”
“(His) divisive politics are what’s truly un-American,” Pepper said.
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Trump spoke to a friendly audience that included workers, elected officials and others at Sheffer Corp., a Blue Ash manufacturer of hydraulic and custom cylinders
“Your taxes are going way down and right now for the first time in a long time…factories are coming back, everything’s coming back,” said Trump. “They all want to be where the action is. America is once again open for business.”
He made no mention of the Dow Jones Industrial average, which has struggled in recent days and plunged more than 1,000 points Monday.
The speech had elements of the campaign trail, with Trump taking aim at his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York.
“Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, they want to raise your taxes. They don’t want to give it to the military,” said Trump, urging people to vote against Democrats in the 2018 mid-term elections.
He called Pelosi “our secret weapon.”
“I hope they don’t change her,” Trump said.
President Trump speaks in Cincinnati
A Democratic National Committee official said Republicans will use tax cuts as “an excuse to slash funding for Social Security, education, Medicare and Medicaid, opioid treatment, and other critical programs families rely on.”
“Today in Cincinnati, Donald Trump will falsely claim his massive corporate tax breaks are benefiting working Ohioans. This couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Mandy McClure, Democratic National Committee Midwest regional press secretary. “In reality, the Trump tax is a complete rip-off for the 1.6 million Ohioans who will see their taxes go up over the next decade, while corporations win big.”
The visit came on a week when Congress faces another deadline for shutting down the federal government. Immigration is one of the sticking points between the two parties, and Trump accused Democrats of not wanting border security. He added: “We’re building a wall.”
As the president spoke, First Lady Melania Trump visited Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The First Lady spoke to doctors who treat babies born to opioid-addicted mothers.
During his speech the president said the nation will “prevail” in its battle against the opioid addiction crisis.
“We have to stop drugs from pouring across our border,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Jim Rennaci, R-Wadsworth, accompanied Trump to Ohio on Air Force One, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and they joined U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on the tour of Sheffer.
Several reporters shouted questions but Trump did not answer as he spoke to company employees about equipment and tools.
Fellow elected Republicans in the audience included Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who is running for governor; and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who is running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The White House did not provide a crowd estimate.
Renacci, who left the race for governor to run in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate against Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons, has said he entered the race because Trump asked him too. Trump called Renacci “a terrific guy and a friend of mine from day one.”
He did not offer an outright endorsement, but at one point said of Renacci: “We want to get Jim in.’
Of Renacci’s possible opponent in November, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Trump said, “Senator Brown voted against us” on the tax cut. “Just remember that — he voted against you.”
Trump applauded Sheffer employees for their grit, pride and determination “to do the job right” and he brought several business leaders and two employees up to talk about the tax cuts
Matt Schron, general manager Cleveland-based Jergens Inc., said the tax cut allows his company to spend more money on employees and its facility and to hire more people.
Air Force One landed at Lunken Airport around 1:30 p.m.
Portman was waiting to meet the Trumps at the airport. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has been highly critcial of Trump since he ran against him for president, was not at the airport.
Staff writer Jack Torry contributed to this report.
First lady Melania Trump hods a child at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital on Monday. Staff photo by Lisa Powell
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport in Ohio, Feb. 5, 2018. The president is scheduled to speak about tax reform during a tour at the Sheffer Corporation in Ohio Monday, while the first lady will make a visit to the Cincinnati Children?s Hospital. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)
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President Donald Trump and Melania Trump meet with Senator Rob Portman at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. Photo by Lisa Powell.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for a trip to Cincinnati to promote his tax policy, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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