Unclear whether President Trump will stop in Louisville

Will the president visit Louisville?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- While some reports surfaced Wednesday claiming that a White House source said President Donald Trump was not going to travel to Louisville, officials were unwilling to go on the record with WHAS11 regarding travel plans.

Questions began to swirl earlier in the day after a spokesperson for the Louisville International Airport confirmed a call from the White House stating that Air Force One would land sometime on Saturday, March 11.

But President Trump’s spokesman would not confirm the plans when quizzed during the daily media briefing.

ABC News reporter Mary Bruce quoted White House sources On ABC World News Tonight Wednesday claiming they had told her that the President was heading to Kentucky.

Earlier in the day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office had no information and referred us to the White House Travel Office. When dialing the White House Travel Office we received a "no comment" and an abrupt end to the call.

Late in the day, on the Neil Cavuto's FOX News program, Senator Rand Paul stated that he had heard the rumors but knew of no plans. He said he welcomed the President to Kentucky.

The comments echoed what we heard from many Kentucky GOP sources Wednesday. No one seemed to know for sure whether the President is coming, why he's coming or the message he's hoping to send.

Tuesday he tweeted a message suggesting Rand Paul would come along on the new healthcare plan, writing, “I feel sure that my friend @RandPaul will come along with the new and great health care program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!”

But it was clear by the senator's tweets that he has not come along yet. Tuesday, Kentucky’s Junior Senator wrote, “The House leadership Obamacare Lite plan has many problems. We should be stopping mandates, taxes and entitlements not keeping them.”

As questions lingered Wednesday night, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth took to twitter suggesting a reason why the President may be Bluegrass bound writing, “The @WhiteHouse won't tell us where @POTUS is headed to in Louisville. Must be a private meeting with victims of the Bowling Green Massacre."

Other things to consider with a potential Saturday visit include a large crowd with a heavy police presence lining streets for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, a snow storm predicted to arrive that day and a slate of men's college basketball games airing on TV.

Even though the President won Kentucky by a record margin in our area, the question just as big as will he or won't he is can you convince a crowd to walk away from a college basketball game and brave a snow storm to listen to a sales pitch on healthcare?

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