Trump to Meet Teamsters, Aiming to Reduce Biden Support
Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with the Teamsters Union, which previously endorsed President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. The roundtable, also attended by Teamsters President Sean O’Brien and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman, is designed to discuss the empowerment and protection of workers and the US economy. Despite Trump’s attempt to win union support, Biden has already received endorsements from several unions for the 2024 election, including the United Auto Workers and AFL-CIO.
Former President Trump Targets Teamsters Union Support
Donald Trump, the former President, plans to meet with Teamsters Union leaders, looking to chip away at one of Joe Biden’s key support bases. The meeting is arranged at the Teamsters headquarters in Washington and includes key union figures like President Sean O’Brien and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman.
The confirmation of this meeting came from both a Trump campaign spokesperson and Trump himself on Truth Social. Trump mentioned, “So many of their Members vote for me. Should be very interesting!”
The Teamsters Union, which endorsed Biden in the 2020 election, invited Biden to participate in another roundtable discussion. A Biden campaign official stated that Biden welcomes the opportunity to garner their endorsement again, though it was not clear if he would take part in Wednesday’s meeting.
The roundtable is seen as a platform for candidates to discuss the protection of workers, improvement of labor standards, strengthening of the American economy, and expansion of the middle class. Nikki Haley, Trump’s GOP nomination rival, was also invited to meet with the union.
Trump’s meeting with the Teamsters aims to sway union members, traditionally Democratic voters. The union endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 over Trump. Nonetheless, Trump’s efforts to win over the union are being given consideration by the Teamsters president in the lead-up to the elections.
“Our members want to hear from all candidates of all parties about what they plan to do for working people as President,” says O’Brien. He adds that their members “represent every political background, including no affiliation, ” emphasizing that their 1.3 million members nationwide should not be taken for granted.
While Trump works to gain Teamsters’ support, Biden is already securing endorsements from unions for the 2024 race, including a recent one from the United Auto Workers. The AFL-CIO also gave Biden an early endorsement in June.
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