LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — President Donald Trump held an unscheduled press conference in Las Vegas from the Trump International Hotel Wednesday morning ahead of his previously scheduled rally in Bullhead City, Arizona.
Trump landed at McCarran International Airport late Tuesday after a day on the campaign trail, but his campaign had not previously said the president was speaking in the valley during his visit.
Watch a replay of his remarks below.
At noon, the rally in Bullhead City, about two hours away, is set to begin.
The airport warns travelers to expect delays this morning and suggests being three hours early for travel plans.
Air Force One will depart Las Vegas later this morning. Expect traffic delays as the presidential motorcade travels around the Valley. If you’re flying please allow ample time to get the airport. We suggest 3 hours before your scheduled departure.⚠️— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) October 28, 2020
Local government agencies have previously issued fines after two separate Trump campaign events in the state.
The first was issued by the City of Henderson back in September to Xtreme Manufacturing. The company was fined $3,000 because of crowd size, lack of face coverings, and lack of social distancing during a "Great American Comeback Event."
More recently, Nevada OSHA fined Douglas County and ABS Aviation, Inc. over $5,000 combined for not submitting a safety plan ahead of a Trump rally in Minden the same weekend as the Henderson event.
Trump narrowly lost Nevada in 2016 and is looking to deny Democratic challenger Joe Biden, whose campaign has for months eyed once reliably red Arizona as a prime candidate to flip to blue.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will campaign in Arizona a day after making multiple Nevada stops.
Sen. Kamala Harris spoke in Las Vegas on Tuesday at the Doolittle Community Center to encourage early voting.
Biden delivered remarks from his home state of Delaware Wednesday morning. Watch that in full below.
He also released a statement Wednesday morning on Trump’s Visit to the Nevada-Arizona border, saying:
Nevadans live with the consequences of President Trump’s failures every single day. COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the state despite the President’s claims that we are “rounding the turn” on the pandemic. Nearly 200,000 Nevadans are out of work, yet the White House says they've given up on trying to control the pandemic. Businesses across the state are shuttered and Nevada’s economy remains fractured.
With just three days of early voting remaining, the urgency of the moment is upon us — visit iwillvote.com/NV to make a plan to vote. Only when we vote can we begin to steer America’s future in a new direction — a direction of truth over lies, science over fiction, and hope over fear.
Both campaigns are trying to project that they are on offense and have the momentum with Election Day looming next week.
13 Action News contributed to the original story by Associated Press.