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President Donald Trump rally in Battle Creek, Dec. 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold an event Thursday at an auto supplier in Warren, where he’ll talk about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The new trade agreement, a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), passed the Democratic-led U.S. House in December and was approved by the GOP-controlled Senate this month. Some analysts believe trade was a critical issue for Trump flipping Michigan and nearby Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in 2016.

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Trump is slated to speak at Dana Inc. in Macomb County as the Senate continues to hold a trial for his impeachment.

It will be the first event in Michigan this year for the Republican, who is up for reelection this year. In December, Trump held a rally in Battle Creek on the night the House voted to impeach him.

The president’s event is scheduled one day after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will give her State of the State speech at Michigan’s Capitol. Whitmer also has been tapped to give the Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union speech on Feb. 4.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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