Trump has expressed keen interest in joining Giuliani for the trip and has ordered aides to make plans for him to travel to Pennsylvania, multiple sources said. The trip, his first outside the Washington area since election day, was not listed in the public schedule released by the White House on Tuesday night, but appears to be organized internally as an unannounced movement.
The incident is the latest attempt by Trump and his allies to undermine confidence in the 2020 election and attack the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s election as president.
The Trump campaign and Pennsylvania Senate Republicans announced plans for the Gettysburg event, the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee meeting on Tuesday – in an effort to expose “fraud” in the 2020 election. The conference is hosted by the Pennsylvania State Senate GOP and is held in a hotel – not at the State Capitol.
When asked about the president’s plan to attend the event, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deer told CNN, “I’ll refer you to tomorrow’s public schedule. I have no additional updates at this time.”
The Trump campaign is the first of three similar events scheduled in coordination with Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan. Despite frequent arguments by Trump and his allies, there is no evidence that voter fraud is widespread in any state.
It is unclear whether Trump will speak at the trial, and his campaign is expected to include “witness evidence filed by affidavits confirming the 2020 election fraud.”
The place where Trump visited is amazing. Jettisburg was the site of the most famous war of the Civil War, in which the Union repulsed a federal invasion of the north. The war ended with a failed charge by forces led by Confederate General George Pickett, which was repulsed by U.S. forces.
Two days after the General Services Administration allowed the presidential transition to continue, Trump’s visit again signals that he does not intend to drop his allegations about the election or accept the race for Biden.
A source warned that trip plans could change as the White House manages the trip as an unplanned “off the record” movement.
CNN’s Jim Acosta and Caitlin Collins contributed to the report.