Local public official at President’s side in Milwaukee

President Trump with Bob and Sarah Stoll to the right. /Photo courtesy of Alan Thomas

As President Donald Trump left Air Force One in Wisconsin Tuesday to make a statement on healthcare, he was accompanied by someone familiar to Randall residents.

Town Chairman Bob Stoll and his wife Sarah were along side the president as he stepped off the plane at the 128th Air Refueling Wing facility in Milwaukee and made a statement about healthcare at the airport. The Stolls along with another Wisconsin couple were referenced in the statement as examples of people harmed by Obamacare, which Republicans in Congress are working to repeal and replace.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience,” Stoll said of the day.

The Stolls were connected with the White House by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem Lakes). The White House was looking for people who had had bad experiences with Obamacare, Stoll said.

After a number of phone calls with White House staffers, the Stolls finally found out Monday that they would be meeting with the president.

The Stolls waited for the arrival of Air Force One for most of the morning Tuesday. When the plane did arrive, they and the other couple were taken into the plane and walked up front where they met with President Trump and his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump in a small office space. Kenosha native and chief of staff Reince Preibus also was present.

Then the couples and Trump went out onto the tarmac where Trump delivered his remarks.

Here is video of the president’s comments (Bob Stoll is to the right of the photo and Sarah Stoll is out of the frame):

“It’s a lot to take in,” Stoll said of the experience. “It was pleasantly exciting.”

Stoll said he was glad he went through the experience. And while his and his wife’s experience with a government healthcare program has been rocky, he is optimistic about the future.

“If we get a better product and the politicians can stop fighting maybe we’ll get something everyone can benefit from,” Stoll said.

President Trump was in Wisconsin for a one-day visit during which he also touted technical colleges and expanding apprenticeships.

Bob and Sarah Stoll walk behind the president today in Milwaukee. /Photo capture from a video courtesy of Heather Townsend.


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