Pence delays Detroit speech after mass shootings

Jonathan Oosting
The Detroit News
Vice President Mike Pence speaks on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement at Motor City Solutions in Taylor, Michigan on April 24, 2019.

Vice President Mike Pence is postponing a planned speech at the Detroit Economic Club this week as the White House responds to mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Pence had been set to address club members and guests on Wednesday in an afternoon event at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.

“In light of the tragic events in El Paso and Dayton, the Vice President thought it was appropriate to postpone his speech to the Detroit Economic Club to a later date,” the White House told the Detroit Economic Club on Monday.  

It’s not immediately clear when Pence might end up addressing the club, spokesman Matt Friedman said.

Pence was expected to tout the Trump administration agenda, countering the 20 Democrats who descended on Detroit last week for the party’s second round of presidential primary debates.

The former Indiana governor has visited Michigan nine times since President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, when the president won the state by a slim 10,704-vote margin. The Economic Club would be the vice president's 10th trip to the state.

Pence’s last visit to Michigan was in April when he spoke on Trump’s proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in Detroit and Taylor.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Trump's 2020 campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany were in Detroit last week to tout the trade plan and Trump’s economic policy in general during the second round of Democratic presidential debates.

Some candidates during the debate Wednesday criticized Trump’s proposed trade agreement, calling it NAFTA 2.0.