President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr will be headed to Nevada next week to attend a graduation ceremony for Hope for Prisoners, an organization that helps former inmates transition back into the community, according to the group’s director.
Director Jon Ponder confirmed the Feb. 20 appearance at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, which was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He said the kickoff would be at 11:30 a.m.
“We are so very honored to have the President of the United States here in our local community, recognizing the men and women who are fighting for their second chance,” Ponder said in a text message to The Nevada Independent on Thursday. “We are so thankful for his acknowledgement of the hard work we are accomplishing along with our law enforcement and community partners.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Trump will arrive Tuesday in Las Vegas, where he will be strategizing his western re-election campaign. He won’t hold any public events until Thursday, though.
The visit will take place days before the Nevada caucus, while the national spotlight is focused on the Silver State. While Democrats will weigh in on a heated race, Republicans opted not to hold a caucus and plan to pledge their delegates to Trump.
Hope for Prisoners is a nonprofit program that offers services including job training, mentorship and counseling. Graduation ceremonies typically include uniformed police officers attending alongside former inmates.
Ponder previously joined Trump at a ceremony last year marking the signing of the First Step Act, a prison and sentencing reform bill. In 2018, Hope for Prisoners hosted a roundtable featuring then-House Speaker Paul Ryan and then-Rep. Cresent Hardy.
Vice President Mike Pence is also scheduled to visit Nevada during caucus week, with a Reno rally and an “Evangelicals for Trump” event at a Las Vegas church on Feb. 21.
This story was updated at 9:53 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, to include more information about Trump’s travel plans.