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Trump visit highlights commitment to Midwest

President Donald Trump walks onto the stage at a rally at the U.S. Cellular Center in northeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on W
President Donald Trump walks onto the stage at a rally at the U.S. Cellular Center in northeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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As Iowans, we are pretty spoiled when it comes to politics and elections. Our first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses are a constant envy to other states, and we’re consistently seen as a swing state when it comes to presidential elections. But last week, Cedar Rapids had the honor to host President Donald Trump as he came to town to promote his rural connectivity initiative.

I had the privilege to speak at President Trump’s rally last week as he visited our community and talk about some of the accomplishments of the 2017 legislative session, which have provided Iowans with a better deal. Some of these accomplishments include investing in education and providing schools with more flexibility, supporting Iowa families and making Iowa a great place to live and work, and making it easier for employers to do business in Iowa and create jobs.

Similar to our work in Des Moines for Iowans, President Trump is working to provide all Americans with the best deal possible.

President Trump visited with leaders at Kirkwood and saw the world-class agricultural programs championed at the college. He addressed his efforts to foster agricultural innovation and spoke about the value of farming to our country’s economy. He also promised that his administration will continue to rebuild our rural communities across the country. This is particularly important to an agricultural state like Iowa, where our economy relies on farmers and the conjoined ag industries.

President Trump also highlighted his choice of our former governor, Terry Branstad, as ambassador to China. The president praised Gov. Branstad’s longtime relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his career of service to the people of Iowa as his reasoning in selecting him as our next ambassador.

The choice of Gov. Branstad was applauded by folks on both sides of the political spectrum and is another example of President Trump looking to middle America for ways to move our country forward. I’m excited to see Gov. Branstad in this new role and believe that President Trump has made a great choice for our state and our country.

Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, or independent, it’s truly an honor when the president of the United States visits your community. It doesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with his agenda, but as Iowans, it’s pretty amazing that President Trump prioritizes those of us in the Midwest.

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As a former journalist, I understand that opinions do not belong on the front page of the newspaper. But I and millions of other Americans believe that by enabling rural states and communities to thrive and have an economy that works for all, President Trump is demonstrating his care for us here in Cedar Rapids, across the state of Iowa and all over the nation’s heartland.

• State Rep. Ashley Hinson is a Republican from Marion representing House District 67.

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