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President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Lewis Center, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

President Donald Trump will visit central New York Monday for events with two Republican members of Congress. 

Trump will campaign with U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, a Utica-area Republican who has been one of the president's closest allies in Congress. Tenney is seeking re-election in the 22nd Congressional District. Her opponent is Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat. 

The race is one of the most closely watched House contests in the country and could determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the House of Representatives. 

Trump is also scheduled to visit Fort Drum, a U.S. Army installation in Jefferson County. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, wrote a letter to the president in March inviting him to visit the base

Stefanik, R-Willsboro, confirmed Tuesday that Trump has accepted her invitation to visit Fort Drum, which is home to the Army's 10th Mountain Division. 

While at Fort Drum, Trump will sign the National Defense Authorization Act, a $716 billion defense policy bill that Congress passed last week. 

"I am proud of the partnership with this administration to begin rebuilding our military and the president's visit is an important opportunity to highlight this achievement and to thank our men and women in uniform for their service," said Stefanik, whose district includes Fort Drum. "I look forward to welcoming President Trump to Fort Drum and continuing to work to ensure our troops have the resources they need to keep us safe." 

Trump's last visit to upstate New York came during the 2016 presidential campaign. He held rallies in upstate cities, including Syracuse, prior to the state's Republican presidential primary. 

Members of the Trump administration have visited central New York this summer. In June, Vice President Mike Pence headlined a Syracuse fundraiser for U.S. Rep. John Katko, a Camillus Republican, and toured Nucor Steel in Auburn. 

Last month, Ivanka Trump — advisor to the president and Trump's eldest daughter — held an education roundtable with Katko in Syracuse and joined Tenney for a tour of Suit-Kote in Cortland County. 

Energy Secretary Rick Perry was in Oswego County last week for a tour and energy roundtable at James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant. Katko was present for the meeting and tour of the facility. 

For now, Trump's schedule doesn't include a stop in Syracuse or elsewhere in Katko's district, which includes all of Cayuga County. 

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