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President Donald Trump visits Southern Nevada

Updated April 10, 2019 - 5:55 pm

President Donald Trump swept through Southern Nevada in early April and spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition annual membership meeting at the Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, speaking about his recent actions on foreign policy with Israel and rallied for support of his 2020 run.

Hundreds of attendees at the coalition’s event cheered on as Trump spoke of his pro-Israel policies and touted his agenda for border security, trade deals and other topics during a roughly 60-minute-long speech at the coalition’s meeting on Saturday. Trump also proclaimed that Republicans would make major advances in the 2020 election cycle as many in the crowd waved signs of support.

“Republicans are going to win the White House,” Trump said. “We’re going to retake the House. We’re going to keep the Senate. And we are once again going to be in position, in my opinion, like never, ever before, stronger than we’ve ever been before.”

Trump garnered roughly 24 percent of the Jewish vote in the 2016 election cycle, according to a preliminary analysis by Pew Research Center just after the election.

In Nye County, support for Trump was higher than that with 68% of voters in the county picking Trump over then-candidate Hilary Clinton in 2016. Overall, Clinton won the majority vote in Nevada.

Foreign policy

Since taking office, Trump has made several moves to take a different direction on decades of U.S. foreign policy with Israel.

One of those actions was moving the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, with the U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Along with that action, also breaking away from decades of U.S. foreign policy, Trump recognized Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights.

Golan Heights sits between Syria and Israel. Israel captured the region in 1967 during what’s known as the Six-Day War between Israel and Syria.

President Trump has received several accolades from leadership of the Jewish Coalition as being pro-Israel.

“These people are energized by the president recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, his decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and every other one of his outrageously successful domestic and foreign policy decisions,” said Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, in a written statement. That the president chose to be with the RJC today proves just how committed he is to the needs of the Jewish community. We will reward that commitment with victory in 2020!”

Owner of the Las Vegas Review Journal and chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. Sheldon Adelson, said “he found Trump’s speech ‘very inspiring,’” a report in the Review Journal stated.

Trump also touted his record on what he said boosted the economy and his call for more military spending and spoke on other subjects, including border security and other topics.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke in the afternoon session of the coalition’s meeting, following up with support of the pro-Israel agenda that the president has enacted. Pence also spoke about the recent finding by special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia investigation that there was “no collusion” during the 2016 election.

Contact reporter Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com

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