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At Fargo appearance, Trump Jr. urges oil industry to vote for his dad's supporters

Donald Trump, Jr. speaks at the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, At Delta Hotels by Marriott, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

FARGO — The economic growth the U.S. now enjoys could end if voters don't elect supporters of President Donald Trump's agenda in the upcoming midterm election, his son warned at an oil industry event here Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Donald Trump Jr. said while his father has done "awesome work" cutting taxes and regulations, Democrats will try to undo all that, he told the crowd at the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting held at Fargo's Delta Hotels by Marriott.

He praised Kelly Armstrong, a Republican running for the state's lone House seat, and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who's running to replace Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

The president himself has visited Fargo twice to stump for Cramer, an early supporter.

Cramer told the audience the president has given the state great things, such as authorizing the Dakota Access pipeline and canceling a Barack Obama-era deal designed to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons.

Heitkamp, who was also invited to speak, delivered an address by video in which she said she, too, supports the president's agenda when it comes to North Dakota's oil industry. She touted her efforts together with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to lift a decades-old export ban on U.S. oil, giving oil producers here access to the world market.

Cramer said he also supported lifting the ban.

Trump Jr. ended his speech exhorting those in the room to speak with their employees about the stakes in the election and warned against complacency.

"Our people are fat and happy because we've been getting everything that we want, OK?" he said. "We can't do that. You all have to stay in this."

Tu-Uyen Tran
Tran is an enterprise reporter with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began his newspaper career in 1999 as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, now owned by Forum Communications. He began working for the Forum in September 2014. Tran grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington.
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