President-elect Donald Trump, modeling his imminent administration much like his campaign apparatus, will launch a “thank you” tour Thursday in Cincinnati with a massive rally at the U.S. Bank Arena, his transition team announced Tuesday.
Trump will hold several events in areas that hoisted him to a surprise presidential victory, most of which will be concentrated in the Rust Belt and Florida, according to George Gigicos, Trump’s director of advance.
The president-elect has often noted the size of his rallies and has frequently mentioned a desire to get back on the campaign trail to revisit the states he won. Trump initially planned a weekend victory tour, but opted to stay in his New York office to work on his Cabinet selections.
But now — with many decisions left to be made on his administration — Trump is ready to get back to where he is most comfortable: the stage, where he can re-energize his working-class base.
According to Politico, Trump is still gleefully recounting his shocking victory with friends and advisers who join the billionaire businessman in expressing their “everyone was wrong but us” excitement.
News of the tour comes as Trump continues to consider potential nominees for critical Cabinet decisions, most notably secretary of state, which has caused significant consternation among the president-elect’s closest advisers and surrogates who are torn over potential pick Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who was adamantly opposed to Trump during the election.