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President's visit to Bakersfield not a public event

Posted at 6:25 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 13:36:01-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Wednesday President Trump is scheduled to fly into Bakersfield. He will meet with local Congressman and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about efforts to improve the water supply for farmers in California and other Western states.

23ABC confirmed with Congressman McCarthy's office that this is not a public event. McCarthy's office said the public should not show up to any locations expecting to see Congressman McCarthy or the president speak in a public setting.

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McCarthy's office also informed 23ABC that invites were issued through the White House.
Special Agent Tom Edwards with the United States Secret Service spoke with 23ABC Tuesday, about standard protocols they ensure prior to a presidential arrival.

Agent Edwards said the Secret Service has been working closely with local law enforcement such as The California Highway Patrol, Kern County Sheriff's office and Meadow's Field Airport police.

The Secret Service also ensures they have a lock down a motorcade route and a plan of action in case of an emergency.

Special Agent Edwards said air space does go under a temporary flight restriction which is issued by the Federal Aviation Administration in coordination with the Secret Service.