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President Donald Trump speaks at the Major County Sheriffs and Major Cities Chiefs Association Joint Conference in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump will travel to Louisiana next week to highlight domestic job creation and energy infrastructure in the state's booming southwest industrial hub.

The White House confirmed Monday that Trump plans to visit the $10 billion Cameron LNG export facility in Cameron Parish to spotlight liquefied natural gas and jobs when he visits May 14. It will be Trump's third trip to Louisiana since his 2017 inauguration. 

Sempra Energy announced last month that the Hackberry export terminal — Phase One of the Cameron LNG project — had begun feeding natural gas to the first liquefaction unit ahead of ramping up production.

In April, Trump issued a pair of executive orders aimed at rolling back regulations on energy production and promoting fossil fuel development.

The Cameron site is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs as the build-out continues.

U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, is expected to join Trump for the trip.

"In Louisiana, with our vast oil and gas resources, we’re fortunate to have a partner in the White House who is leading the charge for American energy dominance," said Scalise, who has been a close ally of the president. "Unleashing this potential will grow our economy, create thousands more high-paying jobs, strengthen our national security, and lower energy costs for hard-working families.”

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy, said the trip is a sign of Trump's support for Louisiana's crucial energy industry — one of the state's top sectors.

“Under Republicans’ watch, we’ve seen new investment in projects from the well head to the export facility—bringing billions to our state and creating good-paying jobs for Louisiana workers," said Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge.

"Liquefied natural gas is a booming industry in Louisiana that’s creating countless jobs and meeting energy demands around the world," echoed U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-Madisonville. "We have an exciting story to tell. Cameron Parish cannot wait to welcome President Trump to Louisiana.”

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who is seeking re-election this year, also cited the Republican president's visit as a sign of an upswing in the state's oil and gas industry.

“Our abundance of affordable natural gas and outstanding ports and infrastructure puts Louisiana at the leading edge of this industry, home to the first LNG exports to leave the continental United States," he said. "Cameron Parish is the epicenter of the ongoing energy revolution and is the best place for President Trump to visit to discuss this important industry."

Trump, who received more than 58 percent of the vote in Louisiana in 2016, was last in the state in January, when he addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual gathering in New Orleans. 

He has remained politically popular among Louisiana voters, with polls generally tracking his approval rating well above 50 percent.

The latest trip coincides with a high-dollar fundraiser that Trump will attend in New Orleans that evening. 

That dinner will cost Trump supporters a minimum of $2,800 apiece to attend. Those willing to shell out $100,000 per person will get "roundtable" access, and couples can pay $35,000 for a photo with the president at the May 14 event.

Shipbuilder Boysie Bollinger and developer Joe Canizaro, Trump's finance co-chairs for Louisiana, are listed as the event's hosts, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by The Advocate.

Other featured guests will include Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, RNC Co-Chair Tommy Hicks Jr. and Trump Victory Finance Chair Todd Rickets.


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