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Trump slated to speak next week in Nashville

Trump slated to speak next week in Nashville
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President Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign-style rally next week in Nashville as Republicans ratchet up efforts to pitch their healthcare plan.

The president will speak Wednesday evening at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, according to an event schedule on the Trump campaign website.

A spokeswoman said Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Former GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump's 'reckless' post-election claims stand Cornyn: Relationships with Trump like 'women who get married and think they're going to change their spouse' MORE (R-Tenn.) plans to attend the event, The Tennessean reported.

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer only confirmed to reporters that the president would be "traveling next week," referring questions Thursday about any Nashville event to the campaign.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (D), who said she had "heard only the rumors" of the event, spoke with the president on the phone in January and said her focus remains on infrastructure spending, according to The Tennessean.

"My message is still the same, infrastructure for Tennesseans and if we can have some of that [$1 trillion] that he wants to spend on infrastructure and transit bring it our way please."

According to The Tennessean, protests are being planned in advance of the president's visit.

Trump similarly held a campaign-style rally in Florida last month, where he railed on the media and vowed to achieve his legislative agenda despite the "lies, misrepresentations and false stories."

Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare on Monday and have worked to pitch it this week despite fierce opposition from conservative lawmakers, outside groups and concerns among moderate lawmakers.

One House committee early Thursday morning advanced the measure, while another panel is making progress as well.

Vice President Pence also plans to travel to pitch the plan, with an event scheduled in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.