"He showed that our country rises above party", Trump said at the rally.
"Today I will tell you with lots of prayers and lots of thinking, I'll tell you West Virginians, I can't help you any more being a Democrat governor", Justice said. Republican Governors Association Chairman and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement that "we're thrilled that Governor Jim Justice wants to join our efforts".
Trump in May abruptly fired Comey, who in subsequent testimony, alleged that the president tried to get him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was sacked in February after revelations he lied to administration officials about his contacts with Russian officials.
Justice added that his parents, who were "staunch Republicans", were probably in Heaven saying, "Jimmy, it's about damn time you came to your senses".
Jim Justice announced he will switch parties, leaving the Democrats and joining the Republicans.
Justice's defection to the Republican party means that out of the country's 50 governors, only 15 - 30 percent - are Democrats.
While the Mountaineer State has been historically Democratic, the state has moved to the right on the federal level, especially in recent years. And Reuters had reported that the grand jury had already issued subpoenas relating to a meeting at Trump Tower last June between Donald Trump, Jr.
Manchin is that rare species: a Democrat who in many states could easily be a Republican.
After 64 Years of Service, Prince Philip Has Retired From Public Engagements
During the event Philip will also meet veterans and cadets before receiving the 1664 Global Challenge baton. Announcing his retirement in May, the palace insisted it was not a decision related to his health.
Huntington resident Thomas Newman also found himself in a new political arena at the rally. "I think this suggests Robert Mueller has some smoke", said Mudd, a senior CNN analyst.
While all the talk in DC has been about Russian Federation and tweets, Trump has actually followed through on campaign promises made in West Virginia, including pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, stopping the Clean Power Plan and reining in the Environmental Protection Agency.
Nevertheless, he wanted to experience the embattled President's rally first-hand. "I don't like just relying on everything in the news". "I'm proud to stand before you and celebrate the hard-working people who are the absolute backbone of America".
At one point in his speech on Thursday, Trump seemed to acknowledge that Mueller and he are both in this is for the long haul.
There's another way to put it: job growth continues to be a bar bell, accumulating in high-paying professional positions and in scores of lower-paid, mostly health-sector, jobs that service the aging baby boomers. "We welcome all West Virginians to the Republican ranks", he said.
Given his conservative streak, prolific support for the coal industry he invests in and personal relationship with the president's family - he has been on hunting trips with Trump's sons and considers the Trumps to be personal friends - Justice's step into the GOP aisle is not necessarily indicative of a leap in terms of political ideology.
Justice said he has no beef with state GOP leaders. "With all the regulations that were being put on coal, they weren't producing any, and a lot of the miners lost their jobs", Miranda said.
Miranda said that Trump has so far met his expectations, but acknowledges that it may take some patience for real change to manifest.
Armstead said he was glad Justice has recognized the conservative principles of the Republican Party best represent the people and the best path forward to improve the state.