Trump to make pre-convention swing through coal country

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Donald Trump is shoring up support in Appalachia with a swing through coal country.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee plans two stops Tuesday. He will deliver a speech on trade at Alumnisource in Monessen, Pennsylvania, in the afternoon. In the evening, he heads to the eastern campus of Ohio University in St. Clairsville, Ohio, for a campaign rally.

Unionized mine workers of Murray Energy, headquartered in St. Clairsville, plan a ratification vote Tuesday on a 5-year contract announced last week. Murray’s spokesman said the events are unrelated.

Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival, was criticized for a reference to mine workers being put out of work in a renewable energy economy. Her campaign has said the comment was taken out of context.

Clinton has visited Ohio three times this month.

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