- President Donald Trump stepped off of Air Force One for a speech in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday
- He was introduced by the First lady Melania Trump who opened the rally with The Lord’s Prayer
- President spoke about bringing back jobs and increasing national security, and slammed the press
- He defended the controversial immigration ban and bashed the appellate court that struck it down
Donald Trump once again doubled down on the media, telling a cheering crowd in Florida: ‘I want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news.’
The president was introduced on stage in Melbourne by Melania Trump, who led The Lord’s Prayer after she and her husband stepped off Air Force One Saturday afternoon.
The First Lady, after embracing the president, promised to ‘stay true to myself and be truthful to you’ and told the audience, ‘my husband is creating a country of great safety and prosperity’.At 5.43pm ET Trump stepped off of Air Force One in Melbourne where ‘Proud to be an American’ blared over the loudspeakers.
He shook hands with some of his supporters, most of who were holding ‘Trump/Pence’ signs or wearing the famous ‘Make American Great Again’ hats.
First Lady Melania, dressed in a $2,200 Alexander McQueen dress and $595 Christian Louboutin pointed heels, kicked off the campaign rally with The Lord’s Prayer.
‘The America we envisioned is one that works for all Americans,’ said the First Lady.
‘I will always be true to myself and be truthful to you no matter what the opposition is saying,’ she continued.
President Trump voiced his surprised that his wife said The Lord’s Prayer but said he thought it was a lovely gesture.
‘This was a truly great movement and I want to be here with you and I will always be with you. I promise you that,’ he said.
‘I want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news,’ Trump said to a mixture of cheers and boos against the Lügenpresse.
He angrily elaborated on this point, a continuation of his most recent press conference during which he bashed the media.
He said: ‘They [the media] are part of the corrupt system.’
He also said in a few weeks the GOP would be submitting a health care plan that would repeal and replace ‘the disaster that is Obamacare.’
‘Our plan will be better healthcare at a much lower cost,’ Trump said.
He then transitioned into how miners would be going back to work soon. Many lost their jobs under President Obama because of environmental regulations.
Along the same line, Trump said he would make sure jobs stayed in the country.
‘You want a government that keeps its promises. A great spirit of optimism is sweeping across the country,’ said Trump referencing the spike in the stock market over the past few months.
The rally was similar in tone to the campaign rallies of 2016, heavily focusing on job creation. Trump spoke of his recent deal and visit to Boeing and tied it in to how this is helping relations with American allies.
He did reference Japan Prime Minister Abe’s visit earlier this month and a conversation they had where Abe thanked him for a deal on fighter jets.
At one point Trump pulled up a supporter on stage who said a few kind words about Trump. The president said: ‘A star is born.’