The Latest: Trump gets behind GOP congressman from Kentucky

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump says Republican Andy Barr, a Kentucky congressman, is a “fantastic guy” whose vote Trump needs to make America great again.

Trump is heading to Kentucky later Saturday to campaign for Barr, who’s seeking re-election to a fourth term.

Barr is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot.

Trump tweets before the trip to Kentucky that Barr is strong on crime, tax cuts, the military, veterans and the Second Amendment.

Trump adds that McGrath “will NEVER vote for us” and that Barr has “my Strongest Endorsement.”


11:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump is set to spend Saturday night in Kentucky campaigning for the Republican candidate in one of the country’s most closely watched congressional races.

Rep. Andy Barr wants a fourth term representing Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. Barr is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot.

Democrats are focusing on the seat in their drive to win back control of the House. Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned for McGrath on Friday night.

Trump’s planned rally at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond has sparked opposition at the school. Scores of faculty and staff members said in a letter to the university’s president and board of regents that Trump’s campaign has attacked the values that are central to higher education.

Trump held another rally Friday night in Ohio.


1:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump has finished one political rally and is set to go out on the road for another campaign-style event.

Trump campaigned Friday night for Ohio’s gubernatorial and congressional candidates. But, as he often does at his rallies, he spent much of the hour-plus speech promoting his own record.

Trump drew loud cheers for securing the release of pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey.

The president has scheduled another rally Saturday night in Kentucky.

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