Ivanka Trump visits Middletown, speaks to women small business owners

Ivanka Trump speaking at Middletown Tube Works. (WDTN Photo/Jordan Bowen)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – Ivanka Trump made a stop on the campaign trail Thursday in Middletown, speaking to a round table of women small business owners.

Ivanka Trump spent the afternoon at Middletown Tube Works, taking a tour of the facility and talking with blue and white collar workers. She talked about her dad’s focus on growing small businesses–a message that’s resonating with some small business owners in Middletown.

Ivanka Trump made her case to a group of women small business owners Thursday, talking about the importance of improving foreign trade.

“Every other country is advocating in their own interest,” Trump said. “America needs to be doing the same.”

Trump toured the Middletown Tube Works facility with owner Angela Phillips–who showed her the ins and outs of the steel business.

“I see manufacturing as a back bone of an economy,” Phillips said. “And if we don’t have that backbone a lot of things fall away.”

Trump said complicated tax codes hold back small businesses from growing and competing with the rest of the world.

“We need to be able to compete,” Trump said. “And we need to have a tax code that’s dramatically simpler, but also that has corporate rates that are in line with the rest of the world.”

But not everyone agrees with Trump’s message.

“Hiding behind his daughter’s visit to an Ohio steel company will not change Donald Trumps record buying Chinese steel,” Butler County Democratic Party Chair Jocelyn Bucaro said. “While Ohio steel companies went out of business.”

Williams defended Trumps business overseas.

“He’s a business man,” Phillips said. “He’s making a business decision. He’s making a line item decision. You have devaluation of currency in China. He’s recognized that as a problem. He see’s that as an issue and if he becomes president he needs to take care of that.”

Donald Trump will be back in Ohio on Oct. 13th where he’s expected to hold a campaign rally at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

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