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President Donald Trump greets visitors on the tarmac as he arrives at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in St. Louis, where he will speak about tax reform. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) President Donald Trump greets visitors on the tarmac as he arrives at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in St. Louis, where he will speak about tax reform. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Trump supporters hold a pro-trump flag in St. Charles, Missouri on November 29, 2017. (KMOV) President Trump supporters hold a pro-trump flag in St. Charles, Missouri on November 29, 2017. (KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (AP / KMOV.com) – Here is everything you need to know about President Donald Trump’s visit to St. Charles Wednesday.

Arrival

Air Force One landed in St. Louis around 1:50 p.m., ahead of its scheduled time.

The following members of Congress were invited to be on Air Force One when it departed Joint Air Force Base Andrews and headed to St. Louis: Congresswoman Ann Wagner, Congressman Blaine Leutkemeyer, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Congressman Sam Graves, Congressman Billy Long, and Congressman Jason Smith. 

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt was also invited to be on the plane but declined the invitation to stay in Washington “to continue work on tax reform,” his spokesperson said.

After arriving in St. Louis, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley greeted President Trump after he exited Air Force One. The president then shook hands with others that were there to greet him before he got into his limousine for the trip to St. Charles. 

Speech in St. Charles

This was President Trump's second visit to the state to build support for the plan. In his speech at a local convention center, Trump made a populist appeal for the Republican tax package, saying it would "bring Main Street rolling back."

"Our focus is on helping the folks who work in the mailrooms and the machine shops of America, the plumbers, the carpenters, the cops, the teachers, the truck drivers, the pipe fitters — the people that like me best," Trump said in a meandering speech in St. Charles.

"It is not enough for the middle class to keep getting by. We want them to start getting way ahead," he said.

But while the White House says the plan will be a boon to middle-income families by helping small-business owners and workers, sparking economic growth and simplifying the tax code, critics say both the House and Senate versions will disproportionately help the wealthy and corporations.

Trump backs McCaskill opponent Hawley

President Trump appeared to give up trying to win Democratic support for the GOP tax overhaul plan Wednesday, as he took aim at a chief Republican target and repeatedly boosted her rival.

During a trip to Missouri to try to push the GOP tax plan across the finish line, Trump told the state's voters that Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who has voted against the plan, "is doing you a tremendous disservice."

"She wants your taxes to go up, she's weak on crime, she's weak on borders, she's weak on illegal immigration and she's weak on the military," Trump said in a speech in the St. Louis suburbs. "Other than that, I think she's doing a fantastic job."

McCaskill, a top Republican target in the 2018 midterm elections, voted against the GOP proposal in committee earlier this month and is expected to vote against it when the full Senate takes up the measure in the coming days.

Protests/Supporters gather outside

About two hours before President Trump’s scheduled speech, protesters and supporters began gathering outside of the St. Charles Convention Center.

The protesters held signs and some were seen stomping on the American flag. News 4’s Emily Pritchard captured video of one woman being arrested for not moving off of a sidewalk.

Supporters wearing President Trump shirts and waving “Make America Great Again” flags were also seen outside of the convention center ahead of his arrival.

Departure

After giving his speech, President Trump travelled back to St. Louis Lambert International Airport and departed on Air Force One around 4:30 p.m.

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