Trump checks out agriculture tech in Iowa

Trump had scheduled his Iowa visit for June 1 but postponed because of unknown circumstances.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) - For weeks, President Donald Trump and his administration have felt bogged down and damaged by a seemingly endless barrage of inquiries and news reports linked to the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trump, Perdue and Ross plan to tour the Kirkwood Community College agriculture program, which is the largest two-year agriculture curriculum in the United States, prior to the evening address.

President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to give his opinion on bipartisan legislation and the possibility of working with Democrats on the healthcare vote among other key issues.

Among the machines he saw was a "combine simulator" - a virtual way to practice using a combine.

It is expected that Trump will focus on agricultural innovation during his remarks.

The president will then hold a "Make America Great Again" rally at Cedar Rapids' U.S. Cellular Center. This will also act as a send-off for Terry Branstad as the new U.S. Ambassador to China.

Several groups are planning a protest from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday outside the Cellular Center to address a range of issues including health care, the border wall, immigration wall, corruption, ties to Russian Federation and the withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, according to Chris Schwartz, an organizer for Americans for Democratic Action Iowa.

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Ron Corbett, the Cedar Rapids mayor and former Iowa House speaker, said Tuesday he will challenge Gov. Kim Reynolds for the Republican nomination for governor, saying it's time for new leadership in Iowa. "Obstruction doesn't work!", President Trump tweeted. Look for updates on-air and online.

  • Larry Hoffman