Trump defends `tough´ immigration plans at raucous rally

Nellie Chapman
June 24, 2018

Hours after reversing himself to end the forced separations of migrant families, President Donald Trump returned to the warm embrace of his supporters at a raucous rally to defend his hard-line immigration policies while unleashing a torrent of grievances about the media and those investigating him.

The Trump administration faced harsh, bipartisan backlash over the policy, which resulted in the separation of more than 2,000 children of adult illegal immigrants in the past month.

Donald Trump in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday.

Trump asked a crowd of thousands at a packed hockey arena: "Have you been seeing this whole scam?"

Trump is complaining about a Justice Department internal watchdog report that backed up the FBI's decision not to charge Clinton for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

"Have you been seeing this whole scam?"

Thom was one of about 6,000 people who attended the rally, many of whom stood in line for hours to hear Trump speak at Duluth's AMSOIL Arena. No collusion, no nothing.

He added: "The Democrats want open borders - let everybody pour in, we don't care".

The crowd chanted "USA" as the demonstrator was escorted out of the crowd. Trump simply shook his head.

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Leslie said she had been too busy to plan the wedding, telling Town & Country magazine: "I haven't tackled it". He waved at fans who have been gathering in and around Inverurie hoping to catch a glimpse of the show's stars.

Again attacking the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt", Mr Trump went on to blast the media for focusing on the recent immigration crisis at the expense of covering what he contends is bias against him at the FBI.

Trump also used the event to rekindle focus on his historic summit with Kim earlier this month, a subject that has been knocked out of the news by a constant focus on immigration. "We meet a lot of great people here. We had great chemistry", said Trump, who predicted that Kim "will turn that country into a great successful country". "I couldn't tell. He needs a haircut".

Republicans in the White House and across Washington hope that frequent visits to states like Minnesota by the President can help build on the gains he made in 2016.

President Donald Trump is talking up the economy as holds a pre-rally roundtable in Minnesota. But we came this close to winning the state of Minnesota. "In two and a half years, it is going to be really easy, I think". Home of the Iron Range, Minnesota is a place where Trump's tariffs on foreign steel could play especially well. On Wednesday night, it was in Duluth, Minn., where a crowd turned out to cheer their man. Trump also held a small roundtable with representatives from the mining industry and local leaders before the rally.

Trump has sought to cast his meeting with Kim as a turning point in North Korean relations, hoping that the boost on the worldwide stage will help Republicans running in the midterms elections this year. Few Republicans have criticized Trump more strongly than former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is seeking his old job.

He also mocked the idea that his opponents - whether liberals or media executives - were always called "the elite".

'Why are they elite?

St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber of Hermantown - the Republican candidate for 8th District Congress - told Trump Northeastern Minnesota is "on the cusp of something big" by opening up copper-nickel mining in the state for the first time, including the proposed PolyMet and Twin Metals projects. I am smarter than they are.

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