Virginia Republicans are planning a rally Saturday in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
The “Pittsburgh not Paris” rally is a nod to the president’s Rose Garden speech Thursday announcing plans to exit the agreement, in which he said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
The rally, being organized by the Fairfax County Republican Committee and the Republican Party of Virginia, is slated to start at 10 a.m. at Lafayette Square in front of the White House.
“As you know, the President has been under siege from the mainstream media and the Democrats, especially now that he put American jobs first by withdrawing from the Paris Accord,” an announcement of the event reads. “Therefore, we are organizing a group to demonstrate our support for President Trump and his fearless leadership.”
It’s unclear how many people will attend, but the Fairfax group’s website says it is expecting “hundreds of Republicans” from across the Washington region.
The rally comes on the same day as the March for Truth — a demonstration calling for an independent and impartial investigation into connections between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. That march is slated to start at 11 a.m. in front of the Washington Monument. Organizers say they are expecting about 5,000 participants.
That march originally was slated to occur at Lafayette Square, but organizers have said they outgrew that space and moved it to the Washington Monument.