Trump defends his hard-line immigration policies to cheers in MN

Lester Mason
June 23, 2018

President Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally in Duluth, Minnesota, just hours after signing an executive order that he says will keep families together if they are detained after crossing at the southern border.

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.

He fumed over what he deemed "dishonest" coverage of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"Today, I signed an executive order", he said. "We're going to keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough as it's been".

Facing resistance from both Republicans and Democrats as well as condemnation from citizens all over the United States, President Trump felt a need to be loved again, so he did what he always does when he needs love - he left his house and did a campaign rally.

After protesters interrupted President Donald Trump's Minnesota rally, the president mocked one protester's appearance questioning whether they were a man or a woman. He said he voted for the first time in his life in 2016 when he cast a ballot for Trump and was especially energized by his immigration views.

The announced objective of the rally Wednesday is to boost Stauber, the Republican running in the traditionally Democratic northeastern Minnesota district that Trump won by more than 15 percentage points in 2016.


"We had a great meeting". He predicted that "Chairman Kim will turn that country into a great, successful country".

He says that, "No matter how many crimes she committed, which were numerous, they wanted her to be innocent, but with me. they wanted to put us in trouble and it's not working too well". I'm smarter than they are. Pawlenty, who called Trump "unfit" and "unhinged" during the 2016 election, welcomed Trump over Twitter to Minnesota but said that his lieutenant governor running mate would attend the rally, not him. Karin Housely, who is the Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson will be at the rally, along with Pete Stauber, who is running for Congress in Minnesota's 8th District, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Newberger and Jim Hagedorn, who is running for the open 1st Congressional District seat. The decision came as a stark reversal after the president and his administration spent days claiming they could not address the practice of separating families.

Carnahan said ahead of the rally that any Republican running away from Trump in the state is making a mistake.

Republican political operative Gregg Peppin said it's another chance for Trump to aid an underdog candidate who has been a loyal supporter.

Trump reminded his audience that he narrowly lost the 2016 campaign in Minnesota. "Let me tell you this, a year and a half ago no one thought that was possible".

"No more 'Minnesota nice, '" tweeted Richard Painter, who served as an ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush's administration and is now challenging Senator Tina Smith in a Democratic primary.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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