Democrat invites Trump to state district

World | 28 Feb 2020 11:51 am

South Carolina’s first new Democratic congressman in decades is inviting President Donald Trump to tour his district while he’s in town, in hopes of helping him understand why there is “such united opposition” to offshore drilling in the area.

In a letter sent Thursday to the president, Representative Joe Cunningham noted the natural beauty of the coastal area, around which the state’s more than US$22 billion tourism industry is focused.

Cunningham’s upset victory in 2018 came after a campaign in which he focused intently on opposing Trump’s plans to do seismic airgun blasts and offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast.

There has been bipartisan opposition to drilling in South Carolina, including from one of Trump’s top allies in the state, Republican governor Henry McMaster.

Trump is planning to hold a rally in North Charleston on Friday night, just hours before Democrats in the state hold their presidential primary on Saturday.-AP


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