President Donald Trump speaks while on the campaign trail during the 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck.


Forum News Service

President Donald Trump plans to visit North Dakota next week, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told Forum News Service on Thursday.

The Republican president’s visit to the Bismarck-Mandan area Wednesday will be focused on tax reform, Hoeven said. Another person with knowledge of the plans said earlier Thursday that Trump planned to give a speech at a Mandan refinery, but Hoeven said he could not confirm potential sites.

“We’re looking at a number of locations,” he said. “We like the idea of an energy venue.”

An email sent to the White House press office was not immediately returned.

The visit would come a week after Trump gave his first major speech on tax reform at a manufacturing company in Missouri, according to Reuters.

“Clearly, he’s going around the country building support for tax reform, tax relief. That’s good. That’s what he should be doing,” Hoeven said. “This tax relief is really about small business, it’s about farmers, ranchers, energy, it’s about really helping our economy grow and helping us compete globally.”

A recent Gallup poll showed Trump's 59 percent approval rating in North Dakota is second only to West Virginia. He easily won North Dakota during last year’s presidential election with almost 63 percent of the vote.

During a campaign stop in Bismarck last year, Trump said his presidency would be a boon to the state’s energy industry. He said he supports fracking and said the “federal government should get out of the way.”

“Under my presidency, we’ll accomplish a complete American energy independence. Complete,” he said during last year’s Williston Basin Petroleum Conference.

Trump’s visit to North Dakota would be the first by a sitting president since Barack Obama came to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 2014.