MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –- First daughter Ivanka Trump was in Minnesota Monday, in both Duluth and Bloomington, in her official capacity as a senior adviser to the president. Her visit comes as her father’s poll numbers are taking a hit.

Trump was at Duluth Pack in Duluth, the century-old maker of canvas and leather goods, touting the president’s commitment to American workers.

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Duluth Pack was the latest American company to sign the president’s pledge to America’s Workers, where businesses commit to retraining and educating their workforce.

Trump’s visit to Duluth comes with less than 100 days before the election. The latest Fox News Poll released days ago show Biden leading in Minnesota 51% to 38% with 12% uncommitted; the margin of error is plus or minus 3.5%.

Trump did not address the election in Duluth or her second stop in Bloomington, were she opened the first of seven federal offices dedicated to solving unsolved Native American murders and disappearances. The federal government estimates there are more than 1400 cases nationwide and 136 in Minnesota.

Protestors outside Trump’s Bloomington event complained they were not welcomed and not invited after working on the issue for years.

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The state can likely expect more visits by President Donald Trump surrogates during the final 98 days of this election campaign, perhaps even visits by the candidates themselves. As for the polls, Donald Trump’s supporters point out that the polls in 2016 were almost all wrong.

The Minnesota DFL Party released a statement saying, “The Trump administration is eager to change the topic from soaring COVID-19 infections and devastating unemployment numbers, so they sent Ivanka Trump to Minnesota for a photo op today.”

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan released the following statement on Ivanka Trump’s visit to Minnesota:

“Minnesota is thrilled to welcome Ivanka Trump and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt to Duluth today. The Republican Party of Minnesota applauds Duluth Pack and its CEO Tom Sega for committing to President Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers.

Training and education of America’s workforce is always important and the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the importance of companies and workers to remain nimble. The private sector is much more capable of reacting to market forces. Workers, businesses, and the nation’s economy will be in a far better position to compete globally if worker training and education is not bogged down by the cumbersome bureaucratic machinations of government. 

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This is further proof that having an outsider like Donald Trump as President leads to innovative solutions to America’s challenges.”

Esme Murphy