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Trump planning event to counter Biden acceptance speech

President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE is planning to deliver remarks in Pennsylvania next week the same day presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE is set to give his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. 

Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks on “a half century of Joe Biden failing America” in Old Forge, Pa., on Thursday, Trump’s campaign announced Saturday. 

Trump is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. from the key swing state, hours before his Democratic challenger is set to take the stage from Delaware to accept the party nomination. 

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Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates in a statement called Trump’s expected remarks a “sideshow” and “a pathetic attempt to distract from the fact that Trump's presidency stands for nothing but crises, lies, and division - the opposite of what Pennsylvanians are hungry for and what Joe Biden and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis MORE represent."

“From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to Joe's hometown of Scranton, voters across the Keystone State know that Joe Biden will restore the soul of our nation and fight for Pennsylvania families every day in office,” Bates added. 

Trump narrowly carried Pennsylvania in 2016 but it is among a handful of battleground states Democrats are looking to flip in November with the Biden-Harris ticket. Recent polls have shown Biden leading Trump in Pennsylvania, as well as in other key states and nationally ahead of the election. 

Biden and Harris, the California senator Biden chose as his running mate, will address the convention from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. on Thursday. The convention programming will air 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

Trump is also traveling to the battleground states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Arizona next week as his campaign seeks to counter the Democratic National Convention.