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Dillon Carr

The White House said Thursday that President Trump has rescheduled his visit to a $6 billion ethane cracker plant being built in Beaver County for Tuesday.

The president canceled a trip to the Potter Township site this week after two mass shootings over the weekend left 31 dead and dozens more injured in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Trump traveled to Dayton and El Paso on Wednesday.

At his upcoming visit, Trump is expected to offer remarks and tour Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker plant that is nearing completion, according to a White House news release.

The White House said Trump’s remarks will tout his administration’s “economic accomplishments and support for America’s expanding domestic manufacturing and energy production.”

“Trump’s economic policies have made multibillion-dollar investments such as the $6 billion plant possible,” the White House release read.

Further details about Trump’s visit were not immediately available.

Royal Dutch Shell is building the $6 billion facility that will use ethane from the Marcellus and Utica shale reservoirs to make ethylene, which then will be used to make polyethylene for the plastics industry.

Construction began in late 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2020.

Trump’s last visit to Pennsylvania was to Lycoming County in May, when he stumped for the GOP’s 12th Congressional District candidate Fred Keller, who ran against Democrat Marc Friedenberg in a special election. Keller was elected May 21.

This was not the first time Trump canceled a scheduled appearance in Beaver County because of a mass shooting.

Trump canceled a trip to Ambridge in 2018 days after a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., left 17 dead.

He visited Pittsburgh on Oct. 30 in the wake of a mass shooting that left 11 dead at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. Mayor Bill Peduto declined to meet with the president after the White House requested a meeting with him. The mayor’s office at the time said he was too busy attending funerals and supporting families of victims.

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