Supporters, opponents of President Trump gather in small town of Guilford

Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump gathered in the small town of Guilford ahead of his visit to Maine on Friday.The president is scheduled to tour Puritan Medical Products in Guilford, which makes the swabs needed for coronavirus testing.The federal government gave the company $75 million to boost production amid the pandemic.Supporters of the president and protesters began lining the streets of the town with a population of about 1,500 people Friday morning.“I think it’s an honor. I think he’s done a great job, and more than that, the people at Hardwood Products have worked weekends. They’ve worked overtime. They’ve worked extra hard to make swabs that the country needed, and I think it’s appropriate that the president comes say thank you to those people for working so hard,” Trump supporter Doug Thomas said.“Definitely just gonna be out here and using our right to protest peacefully. We’re just chilling, not starting any problems. Everyone’s honestly been really good, and it’s gonna be great. This is the one chance, and it’s a perfect time to me right now to say something that he could possibly see,” protester Hailey Jason said.Piscataquis County’s sheriff urged protesters and supporters to behave themselves during the Friday visit.Law enforcement from across Maine traveled to Guilford to provide security for the president’s visit.Formal protests against the president’s visit are planned in Bangor and nearby Dover-Foxcroft.

Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump gathered in the small town of Guilford ahead of his visit to Maine on Friday.

The president is scheduled to tour Puritan Medical Products in Guilford, which makes the swabs needed for coronavirus testing.

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The federal government gave the company $75 million to boost production amid the pandemic.

Supporters of the president and protesters began lining the streets of the town with a population of about 1,500 people Friday morning.

“I think it’s an honor. I think he’s done a great job, and more than that, the people at Hardwood Products have worked weekends. They’ve worked overtime. They’ve worked extra hard to make swabs that the country needed, and I think it’s appropriate that the president comes say thank you to those people for working so hard,” Trump supporter Doug Thomas said.

“Definitely just gonna be out here and using our right to protest peacefully. We’re just chilling, not starting any problems. Everyone’s honestly been really good, and it’s gonna be great. This is the one chance, and it’s a perfect time to me right now to say something that he could possibly see,” protester Hailey Jason said.

Piscataquis County’s sheriff urged protesters and supporters to behave themselves during the Friday visit.

Law enforcement from across Maine traveled to Guilford to provide security for the president’s visit.

Formal protests against the president’s visit are planned in Bangor and nearby Dover-Foxcroft.