President Donald Trump is scheduled to fly into Dubuque and visit Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta today. The Telegraph Herald will be updating this page throughout the day with the latest on the president's visit.
12:55 p.m. update:
The roundtable at Northeast Iowa Community College ended at 12:55 p.m., with a standing ovation.
President Donald Trump tossed several "Make Our Farmers Great Again" hats into the crowd, and the song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is played.
12:50 p.m. update:
In Peosta, President Donald Trump talks about the importance of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
Some lawmakers have proposed abolishing the agency, but Trump talked about the courage of those employed by the agency and the vital role it plays.
12:25 p.m. update:
At Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, President Donald Trump now introduces U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Dubuque, though he calls him "Matt Blum."
Blum is locked in a competitive race for Iowa's First District seat with Iowa Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Dubuque. The two Dubuquers are vying to represent a district including Dubuque County.
Trump dubs her "Absent Abby" and has high praise for Blum and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Trump later correctly called Blum "Rod" several times.
At about 1:15 p.m. today, Finkenauer sent out a tweet in which the president was tagged and that said in part,"Hi! The name’s Abby Finkenauer, for the record, but I’m sure you’ll know it by Election Night."
12:10 p.m. update:
In Peosta, President Donald Trump is talking about the need for health care reform and the importance of tax cuts and job-training efforts.
He promises to promote the use of ethanol and shows off "Make our farmers great again" hat.
Prior to the roundtable, Trump received a brief tour of Northeast Iowa Community College.
11:50 a.m. update:
President Donald Trump has arrived at the roundtable event.
Lee Greenwood's song "God Bless the USA" played as he entered. The room in which the event is being held at Northeast Iowa Community College is packed with local officials and leaders.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Ivanka Trump and U.S. Rep. Rod Blum are among the others seated at the front of the room to participate in the roundtable.
11:30 a.m. update:
The presidential motorcade has arrived at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta.
Law enforcement had to work to clear the area of protesters ahead of its arrival
11:10 a.m. update:
About 150 people, many of them wearing red and white “Make America Great Again” hats or waving banners, greeted President Donald Trump with cheers this morning at Dubuque Regional Airport.
Air Force One touched down near the airport’s jet center at about 10:40 a.m. and Trump, his daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump and U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, disembarked shortly thereafter. There to greet Trump and company were Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, as well as officials from Marshalltown, Iowa, which recently was devestated by a tornado.
As Trump exited the plane and waved to the crowd, they broke their silence and erupted into cheers, holding their hands and phones in the air to snap a photo.
"USA! USA!" they chanted.
Flanked by U.S. Secret Service agents, a smiling Trump approached attendees, most of whom had been waiting two-plus hours for a fleeting glimpse of the president.
The president walked around the fenced area and shook hands with the people who clamored toward the edge of the enclosure.
"President Trump, we love you," someone shouted.
"You're the best president," another said.
Francesca Roche and Cat Rhoda, both students at Loras College, stood on the tarmac to greet the president.
The two work on Blum's campaign and were asked to attend the event.
Both said the chance to greet the president was an honor and a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity.
Roche said she appreciated seeing Blum, Reynolds and Trump together at the event.
"It's good to see them all together supporting Iowa," she said.
Gerald Retzlaff, of Monticello, and Dennis Mulford, of Anamosa, were invited to attend Trump's arrival in Dubuque through their involvement with Jones County's Republican Central Committee.
Retzlaff wore a red "Make America Great Again" hat and a red shirt. Mulford wore a similar hat, but in tan, and a red plaid shirt. He carried Trump and Vice President Mike Pence campaign signs under his arm.
"I think it's great," Retzlaff said of Trump's visit. "It certainly puts the national attention on this part of the country."
He touted Trump's support of jobs and the rural economy.
"It puts light on that," Retzlaff said.
Mulford also noted his support for the president.
"It's nice to have a businessman in that position ... instead of a politician," he said.
Trump is en route to Peosta, Iowa, where he will tour Northeast Iowa Community College and participate in a roundtable discussion about workforce development issues. Blum, Reynolds and other local officials will participate.
The crowd of invited guests includes Mark Dickson of John Deere Dubuque Works; Iowa Rep. Shannon Lundgren, R-Peosta; Jeffrey Bullock, of University of Dubuque; John Tallent, of Medical Associates Clinic; Stan Rheingans, of Dubuque Community Schools; John Butler; and Ken Snodgrass, of Crescent Electric Co.
Dump trucks and construction vehicles are blocking side roads as the motorcade moves toward Peosta on Monastery Road.
The trip is expected to be brief. He is set to head to Granite City, Ill., early this afternoon.
11:05 a.m. update:
President Donald Trump now is en route to Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. He spent about 10 minutes at Dubuque Regional Airport greeting at least 150 supporters.
10:40 a.m. update:
Air Force One is landing at Dubuque Regional Airport. Watch live video at https://www.facebook.com/TelegraphHerald/videos/2036194593071803/?notif_id=1532619590090772¬if_t=live_video_explicit.
Meanwhile, about two dozen abortion-rights advocates are among the crowds gathered in Peosta. In response, some chanting, "My body, my choice."
10:30 a.m. update:
Though greatly outnumbered by protesters, there are supporters of President Donald Trump, too, in Peosta this morning.
One contingent included Sybil Schroeder, of Dubuque. She was wearing a Trump jersey with the number "45" on it. She said she had been "treated wonderfully" by the protesters present despite their political differences.
10:15 a.m. update:
About 150 people are gathered at Dubuque Regional Airport awaiting the arrival of President Donald Trump
10 a.m. update:
Law enforcement personnel appear to be ordering people to vacate the Peosta roundabout area. Scanner traffic indicated more and more protesters were headed that way.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s campaign organization announced this morning that it is donating funds to the campaign committees of more than 100 members of Congress running for re-election, according to a press release.
The release states that the announcement was made jointly with House Majority Leader U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
The GOP national committee is transferring funds to both the National Republican Congressional and National Republican Senate committees, according to the release.
McDaniel said in a tweet this morning that Trump and the Republican National Committee are "100% committed to ensuring we have the resources we need to protect and strengthen our majorities in Congress."
Those up for re-election include U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Dubuque, who will participate in this morning's roundtable with Trump.
9:45 a.m. update:
The crowd of protesters in Peosta has swelled to 125 people ahead of the president's visit.
Emergency communications scanner traffic now indicates that protesters are gathering near the roundabout in Peosta.
Christine Cochran, of Dubuque, is among the people protesting this morning. She held a sign reading, "Ban guns, not people." She said she is concerned that the Trump administration is quick to take action on immigration issues, but is slow to address gun violence.
Donald Trump is expected to arrive at about 11 a.m.
9:15 a.m. update:
Dozens of protesters already are gathered this morning in Peosta ahead of the president's visit.
Many are holding signs, including those with sayings such as "Mr. Hate leave my state" and "I teach my students to stand up against injustice, and here's my turn!"
9 a.m. update:
President Donald Trump will be accompanied by a special visitor on his trip to the Dubuque area today.
Telegraph Herald news partner KWWL-TV reports that Ivanka Trump will accompany her father to Dubuque County.
7 a.m. update:
Peosta was quiet at 7 a.m. today, with only a few hints of President Donald Trump’s visit to the town a few hours later.
A television truck had set up in the parking lot of St. John the Baptist Church, and a trio of Iowa State Patrol squad cars completed a circuit around several Peosta streets.
Few people were out in the early-morning hours.
Yellow rope marked off a section of grass between Peosta’s Fareway Store and the Northeast Iowa Community College campus. Signs directed visitors to stand within the rope boundary.
South of Peosta, law enforcement vehicles cruised along Sundown and Monastery roads. A variety of law-enforcement vehicles had gathered in the parking lot of Holy Family Catholic Church on Monastery Road, in the New Melleray area.
Both of those roads are potential routes as the president travels from Dubuque Regional Airport to the Peosta community college this morning.
6 a.m. update:
A Democrat vying for the U.S. House of Representatives is criticizing the president this morning ahead of his stop in the Dubuque area.
Abby Finkenauer, of Dubuque, issued a statement just before 6 a.m. that takes aim at President Donald Trump.
It read, in part, "With President Trump touching down in Dubuque today for an event at Northeast Iowa Community College, my hope is that he’ll take this opportunity to hear from Iowans about how damaging this Twitter trade war is to Iowa’s economy. Our farmers and pork producers are already feeling the impact, and the president needs to change course before he does even more damage to our soy, corn, and pork markets.
She added, "I’m ready and willing to work with the president when it will help Iowa, but I’m also prepared to stand up to him when his policies hurt Iowa families.”
Finkenauer is challenging U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Dubuque, in his re-election bid to represent Iowa's First District -- which includes all of Dubuque County. The competitive race is garnering national attention.
A column from Blum published in today's Telegraph Herald welcomed Trump to the area and highlighted areas of progress since the president has taken office.
"Working with this administration has delivered reduced taxes, brought about record-low unemployment and reignited the U.S. economy," Blum wrote in the piece.
He highlighted "the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will save the average family in my district $2,564 a year. And when it came to protecting tax provisions important to Iowa, like historic tax-credits, wind-energy and others, President Trump considered my input and worked to keep these in the final law."
He later wrote, "On behalf of my constituents, I want to raise two looming challenges on many people’s minds: trade and workforce."
Blum said, "Iowa farmers and manufacturers need a 'win' soon on trade, and I am eager to be a part of that solution."
Today's event will be the second high-profile one this month involving Blum and a high-ranking member of the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence visited Cedar Rapids on July 11, joining Blum and Reynolds at an event.
5 a.m. update:
The stage appears to be set for President Donald Trump's visit to the tri-state area today.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Rep. Rod Blum will join Trump for a roundtable discussion on workforce development at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta.
The president will arrive at the NICC campus at 11 a.m., White House officials said.
After a tour, he will sit down with fellow Republicans Reynolds and Blum, as well as NICC President Liang Chee Wee and other local officials at 11:30 to talk about workforce needs and initiatives. A pair of local residents also will provide “personal impact” stories about how workforce training has impacted their lives.
Several local officials and residents have been invited to watch the event. They include representatives from the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Dubuque Development Corp., Iowa Rep. Shannon Lundgren, R-Peosta, and Peosta Mayor Larry Mescher.
However, due to security measures, the general public will not be permitted to attend.
NICC officials said protesters will be allowed on campus, in an area outside the Peosta campus main building between Fareway grocery store and the NICC parking lot.
Several groups have indicated their intention to protest at the event.
The president is expected to land at Dubuque Regional Airport at 10:30 a.m., according to The Associated Press. But the public will not have access to see the president or his aircraft when it’s on the ground, according to airport Operations Supervisor Todd Dalsing.
Trump is not expected to be in Dubuque County for too long. Three hours after his scheduled arrival time at the Dubuque airport, he is expected to be landing in Bridgeton, Mo., ahead of an event in Granite City, Ill., where he is expected to talk about trade.