Trump to rally in Battle Creek

    President Donald Trump holds a 2020 campaign rally in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, March 28, 2019 | Nick Manes

    President Donald Trump is returning to West Michigan this month.

    The campaign announced Thursday evening that Trump will host a “Merry Christmas rally” at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Dec. 18.

    “Michigan is booming thanks to President Trump and jobs are coming back to the state. Since President Trump’s election, Michigan has added 75,000 new jobs,” campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “President Trump is delivering on his promises, and he looks forward to celebrating those successes with the great men and women of Michigan this Christmas season.”

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    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.