SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – ABC4 has learned President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Salt Lake City on Monday.
According to a local government source, and confirmed by Senator Hatch’s office, President Trump will make his first appearance in Utah after taking office in January. He is coming to Utah to announce reductions to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante.
“I’m thrilled the President has accepted my invitation to come to Utah to discuss critical issues that matter to my constituents,” Senator Hatch said in a statement to ABC4’s political correspondent Glen Mills.
Developing- We are learning more about President Trump’s visit to #Utah on Monday. It will include a meeting with #LDS leadership and a visit to Welfare Square. This statement is from Senator Hatch’s Communications Director @mattdizwhitlock #utpol @abc4utah pic.twitter.com/xtTB39HALZ— Glen Mills (@GlenMillsABC4) November 29, 2017
On Tuesday night, volunteers at Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance worked to paint banners for a Saturday rally opposing the president’s visit.
The event is titled “The Rally against Trump’s Monumental Mistake.”
“The main message of this rally is–Utahns and the country stand behind these national monuments,” said Olivia Juarez, with Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
An open letter, spreading online, titled “Open Letter: Donald Trump is Not Welcome in Utah” has more than 4,000 signatures.
On Tuesday night, ABC 4 Utah spoke spoke with State GOP chairman Rob Anderson about the visit.
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for Utah,” said Anderson.
The details of the trip aren’t confirmed, Anderson says, but the message of Trump’s speech will likely focus on Bears Ears.
“The primary issue for Utah was state’s rights, and federal overreach, and an announcement of reducing the size of Bears Ears will be a huge part of that,” said Anderson.
As for the president’s visit? An update will be provided once more information is available. For the latest update on his itinerary and where he make his appearance, follow ABC4 on Facebook and Twitter @abc4utah