Trump met with three red-state Democrats who are all facing tough re-election fights this year: Sens.
A day after Trump was in Fargo to campaign for her opponent, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., in one of the most widely watched U.S. Senate races in the nation, Heitkamp said she met with Trump to discuss the Supreme Court, trade, rural health care and a vacant position on the U.S. District Court of North Dakota. CNN's Jeff Zeleny, who called Heitkamp Trump's once "favorite Democrat", approached the senator this week to ask her if she ever considered becoming a Republican.
Mr. Trump mentioned the announcement of the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. "It's the most important thing we can do ..."
Ahead of Wednesday night's rally in North Dakota, Trump tweeted that Cramer "is an extraordinary Congressman who will hopefully soon represent this great state as your Senator". "We don't have enough".
He's also criticizing vulnerable Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, calling her a "liberal Democrat". He argued Heitkamp will vote against his pick, although she supported his first nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
"She'll be forced to vote no", Trump said. Heidi Heitkamp, although she is a moderate who strays at times from Democratic positions.
The president is riding a winning streak with his endorsements.
President Trump is set to continue his five state tour ahead of November general elections, with his sights set on North Dakota.
To that end, he pointed to primary election results Tuesday night that saw the surprise upset of House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley of NY to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina who worked for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.
The president described Crowley as "one of my biggest critics, a slovenly man [who] got his ass kicked by a young woman who had a lot of energy".
Mike Murphy, a GOP strategist, said having a Supreme Court retirement and confirmation in a midterm election year will make a "red-hot" election year even hotter - especially because a fifth consistently liberal justice could bring hot-button issues like abortion and gay rights onto the court's docket. "Please, please, please don't remove Nancy Pelosi".
But he says he's happy that House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California will remain the faces of the Democratic Party.
President Donald Trump is lashing out at critics who have made threats against Homeland Security Department workers and called for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"You know what would happen to parts of our country [if ICE was abolished]?" "But the only response they can find from our government is really strong law and order". That's what you need.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL account also took advantage of the moment. He also told Trump he would "be with you 100 percent of the time".