President Trump Attends McMaster Fundraiser in Greenville

October 17, 2017, 9:00 am EST | Share:

GREENVILLE, SC (BRODIE HART, WTAT-TV) — President Trump is back in Washington after spending the evening in South Carolina supporting Governor Henry McMaster’s reelection bid.

Governor McMaster was one of the first people to endorse Donald Trump during his presidential run last year – now the President is returning the favor almost more than a year ahead of that 2018 Gubernatorial election.

On Monday we saw Air Force One land in the upstate around 5:30 p.m.

The President met with McMaster immediately after exiting the plane, also shaking hands and signing autographs before heading to a fundraiser in Greenville where he offered support for McMaster.

President Trump spoke for about thirty minutes, calling the Governor a friend and compatriot. Even saying for many years he’s going to be a great governor.

Gov. McMaster says he knows the spotlight that President Trump puts on South Carolina everytime he’s in the state. “This is a great return – he’s been here before – he came to Boeing not long ago, a few months ago, so we’re getting a lot of presidential attention these days and we’ll have a lot more,” said McMaster. “People in this state love Donald Trump – they can’t get enough of him and he means a lot to us and of course means a lot to the country and a lot to the world.”

But don’t forget, McMaster would not be governor were it not for a move from the President. You’ll remember he appointed former Governor Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations.

Right now it is still very early in this campaign. That Gubernatorial election will not happen until November of 2018.

However, not everyone was excited to see the President in town. Protesters gathered near the closed-door fundraiser, which was organized by the Greenville County Democratic Party.

They hoped it would still send a message even though they were not close enough to see the President’s arrival.

“I’m against his wall, I’m against his war, I’m against him – period,” said Arthur Kirk, who protested the visit with his wife. “You name it, I am against it if it’s Trump.”

Dozens of people gathered at that protest.