The Latest: Trump celebrates strong jobs report at rally

The Latest: Trump celebrates strong jobs report at rally
President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Huntington Tri-State Airport, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Huntington, W.Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is taking victory lap after a strong October jobs report, saying on the campaign trail that Democrats would reverse the economic momentum.

Trump is speaking in West Virginia, where he is campaigning for Republican candidates ahead of Tuesday’s midterm election. Trump says his administration has “over-performed” on his campaign promises to the American people.

Trump says this year’s races will decide whether Republicans will “keep making America great again,” or “whether we let the radical Democrats take control of Congress and take a giant wrecking ball to our economy and our future.”

Trump is trying to help Republicans overcome strong Democratic enthusiasm by highlighting what he claims are the consequences of the GOP losing control of Congress.


2:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump is blaming the media — without evidence — for politically motivated and hate-based violence.

Here’s what he says at the White House: “The fake news is creating violence.”

The president says that “if the media would write correctly and fairly, you would have a lot less violence.”

His comments come less than a week after police said a man killed 11 Jews who were praying at a Pittsburgh synagogue. And just a week ago, authorities arrested a Florida man on charges of allegedly sending 15 explosive devices to prominent Democratic critics of the president.

Trump has rejected any responsibility for the role his rhetoric played in either incident, and his aides have said that only the alleged perpetrators should bare blame.


10:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is headed back out on the campaign trail with rallies Friday in West Virginia and Indiana. In Indiana, he’ll have help from Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight, who coached the Indiana University Hoosiers.

Trump teased Knight’s appearance in a tweet, saying: “Don’t tell anyone (big secret), but I will be bringing Coach Bobby Knight to Indiana. He’s been a supporter right from the beginning of the Greatest Political Movement in American History!”

Trump, Knight and Vice President Mike Pence will be stumping Friday for Republican Mike Braun, who is running in the Senate race against Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.

In West Virginia, Trump is campaigning for the GOP Senate candidate, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who’s in a tight race with the current senator, Democrat Joe Manchin.