Trump holds first campaign rally of 2020 in Florida

By Bonnie K. Goodman

It is never too early to start campaigning for the next presidential election that is President Donald Trump’s philosophy as he officially returned to the campaign trail, on Saturday evening, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport, in Melbourne, Florida. The Saturday rally, was Trump’s first rally since entering office, after his Thank You tour in early December. Trump held a rally there as the Republican nominee back in September 2016.

Around 9,000 voters came to see the president speak in what is one of his favorite forums bringing his populist message directly to the people in the personal and interactive setting of the rally. At the rally, the president discussed his agenda, his concern for terrorists entering the country and blasted the news media for their fake news reporting. First Lady Melania introduced her husband at the rally, and she announced that she would be working on issues affecting women and children during her tenure.

President Trump particularly emphasized refugees and immigrants from Middle Eastern countries with terrorist organizations. This time the president said he wants to create “safe zones” in Syria and that the richer Gulf states are going to absorb the costs. The idea is part of Trump’s promise to limit refugees and immigration from countries that are a hotbed for terrorism. The safe zones will allow Syrians to “stay there and live safely in their cities.”

President Trump still believes vetting needs to more thorough and that refers to the present as not vetting, saying,  “We’ve allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country and there was no way to vet those people, there was no documentation there was no nothing. So, we’re going to keep our country safe.” Trump also, reiterated “we want people that love us” immigrating. The pitch is part of the new executive order he intends to unveil to replace his court struck down, embattled and much-protested travel ban.

The president began his rally denouncing the mainstream news media’s fake news as he has been hammering lately, saying the rally was to speak “without the filter of the fake news.” Continuing he said, “They have their own agenda, and their agenda is not your agenda.” On Friday, Trump singled out the big news sources for their fake news in a tweet to his followers; Trump wrote, “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

As for other policies, the president referred to; he criticized NATO countries, which he claims, are “not paying their bills.” The president made the comment while expressing his support to the pos-World War II established defense alliance, North Atlantic Treaty Organization initially compromising 12 countries, mostly in Western Europe. President Trump declared, he is “NATO fan.” Trump, however, again promised to keep the country out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Domestically he repeated he and the Republicans would “repeal and replace” Obamacare, healthcare law, promising the replacement in the next few weeks.

Trump has to be the first president in history to start campaigning for reelection so early in his first term. According to ABC News, President Trump filed the necessary paperwork for reelection, the same day he was inaugurated as president. Trump has stated that he has not formally announced his reelection bid, but the rally was announced on his campaign website as a campaign event. Filing the paperwork for reelection allows Trump to start to “solicit donations and raise money” for his run in 2020.

Source: ABC News Radio Online

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