The Latest: Trump skips Asia summits to help GOP candidates

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump campaigning in Mississippi (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is too busy campaigning for GOP gubernatorial candidates to attend a pair of Asia summits this weekend in suburban Bangkok.

That’s according to a senior administration official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The president is instead dispatching National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit and the East Asia summit.

The U.S. official says, “The president and the vice president these next few days are going to be very engaged in campaigning.”

Trump was travelling to Mississippi Friday evening to campaign for GOP gubernatorial candidate Tate Reeves.

Trump is scheduled to travel to Kentucky on Monday to campaign for incumbent GOP Gov. Matt Bevin. He heads to Louisiana on Wednesday to headline a rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone.

— Aamer Madhani


4:25 p.m.

Hundreds of people are waiting to see President Donald Trump at an arena in north Mississippi.

He is traveling to the state Friday to try to shore up Republican support ahead of the state’s toughest governor’s race in nearly a generation, with two established politicians competing for the open seat.

Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves’ opponent in Tuesday’s race is Democrat Jim Hood, who is serving his fourth term as attorney general.

Trump will hold an evening rally in the northern Mississippi city of Tupelo to support Reeves.

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