Donald Trump will be in Oregon next week for a weekend of family and political meetings, his aides said on Thursday.
Trump is in Portland for a five-day trip to Oregon’s tiny but growing rural communities, where his family has long lived and where he is a fixture.
The trip will be the first by a sitting president to the state.
His daughter Ivanka Trump is due to arrive on Friday, while his son-in-law Jared Kushner will be visiting on Monday, and then the president is scheduled to hold events with state and local leaders in the next week.
The president has a habit of coming to rural Oregon for political rallies and fundraisers, where he frequently raises money for local Democrats.
Trump has been in Portland several times, including a trip in February for the state Republican Party convention, which raised $12 million.
But this is the first time he’s come to the area to visit a community that has been struggling with opioid overdoses.
Trump and his family have a long history of staying in the state, dating back to when he was first elected to the Senate in 1988.
The visit comes at a time when Oregonians are struggling to make ends meet amid a statewide opioid crisis that has left at least 14 people dead and hundreds more suffering from overdoses.
The governor’s office released a statement Thursday morning saying the president “will have the opportunity to spend time with a local community, listen to a speaker, and attend an outdoor concert and community meeting with a small group of people.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the president’s planned visit.
In recent weeks, Oregon has been dealing with a wave of opioid overdose deaths that have killed at least two people in the Portland area.
On Thursday, the state’s attorney general issued an emergency alert about an opioid epidemic that has swept through the state and left at a high number of overdose deaths.
Trump’s visit to Oregon comes just days after the state announced it was shutting down its Medicaid expansion program, a move that has led to an increase in opioid overdoses in the region.
Oregon has been the epicenter of the crisis, with at least one overdose death a day in the last few months.
More than 100 people have overdosed in the town of Boonville in recent weeks alone.
Oregon is a state that has not been able to fully stem the flow of the opioid epidemic and has been slow to respond to the rise of overdoses.
In October, Oregon Gov.
Kate Brown said her administration is “very concerned” about rising opioid overdoses and would consider the Trump administration’s request to extend Medicaid coverage to some people.
But Brown did not say whether she would sign on to the request.
The state is also dealing with the effects of the pandemic.
Oregon’s health system is in the midst of an investigation into whether or not the coronavirus outbreak is linked to the pandemics.