Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is set for a rock-star’s entrance to the fair, landing in a helicopter in athletic fields just over a mile from the fairgrounds. He plans to visit the famed butter cow, but the Des Moines Register’s political soapbox isn’t on his itinerary.
Trump is feuding with the newspaper after it published an editorial last month calling for the real estate mogul to end his bid for the White House. The Trump campaign, in turn, denied credentials to the newspaper’s reporter to cover his campaign.
Trump descends on the Iowa summer festival as the leading Republican candidate. His standing in the leadoff caucus state has remained strong despite a recent dust-up with Fox News host Megyn Kelly and ongoing criticism over his comments about Mexican immigrants.
Trump has drawn enthusiastic response for promising to be a smart president who makes great deals. So far he has not released any specific policy proposals.