President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit U.S. Steel’s Granite City Works on Thursday afternoon. If you’re hoping to see the president — or just hoping to avoid the traffic — here’s what you need to know:
Arrival: Trump is scheduled to arrive sometime after 1:30 p.m. at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, where he will probably be greeted by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe.
When will he speak: Expect Trump to speak sometime after 2:30 p.m. after taking a tour of the Granite City steel plant. The speech is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes.
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Who will join Trump: U.S. Reps. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro; Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville; and John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, have confirmed they will be at Trump’s visit. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office has said Rauner has previously scheduled events in Peoria, Rockford and Chicago on Thursday.
Can I attend the speech?: Probably not. The event is invitation-only, according to senior Trump administration officials. The speech, however, most likely will be carried live on television. The audience of 500 people will include factory workers, representatives from U.S. Steel, community members, and other people who benefited from the plant bringing back 800 jobs.
What route will the president take?: The president’s motorcade route is not disclosed by law enforcement prior to the event, for security reasons. However, expect Interstate 70 between Lambert and the metro-east to be shut down for a couple of periods on Thursday. Streets around the steel mill also are expected to be closed for several hours leading up to and during the president’s visit.
Will there be demonstrators?: Of course. Pro-Trump and anti-Trump demonstrations are planned, according to a couple of Facebook posts. On a Facebook event notice, more than 250 people have said they will be protesting against the president at Civic Park in Granite City. Supporters plan to meet at Jerry’s Cafeteria and plan to stand at the corner of 19th and State streets.
Who is providing security?: The Secret Service will be joined by Illinois State Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Granite City Police Department.
In addition to protecting the president, law enforcement also has to ensure the security of people expected to come to town.
“When you have the president coming into the city, there’s going to be other elements coming in also,” said Granite City Assistant Police Chief Ken Rozell.
What will Trump speak about?: Expect Trump to speak about American industry, workers, the steel tariffs and how the Granite City Works steel mill is in the process of bringing back up to 800 jobs by October. Those jobs were announced after the administration announced tariffs would be levied on steel.
Reporter Kaley Johnson contributed to this article.