President Donald Trump’s visit to Suffolk County on Friday will be limited to law enforcement officials and will focus on drugs and gang violence, Suffolk Republican chairman John Jay LaValle told party members in an e-mail message Wednesday.
The president will speak at the 450-seat Van Nostrand Theater on the Brentwood campus of Suffolk County Community College.
LaValle, in an interview, said he sent out the email early Wednesday afternoon to warn them there would be no public event after being inundated with hundreds of phone, email and text requests in the last 24 hours from those who wanted to see the president. “It was like Elvis was coming,” he said.
While thanking party members “for your interest in President Trump’s visit,” LaValle email stated, “I just received word that the agenda for the president’s trip has changed. Unfortunately, there will not be a public event during this visit.”
Instead, the party leader said Trump will deliver “a speech . . . centered around combating gang violence and the heroin epidemic here on Long Island and across America.”
Noting that Trump visited Suffolk during his campaign and sent Attorney General…
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