Trump Re­turns to Cam­paign Trail After a Month in Of­fice

Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent de­liv­ers an­other at­tack on the me­dia and touts his White House ac­com­plish­ments in the friendly and fa­mil­iar at­mos­phere of a rally with sup­port­ers

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Mel­bourne, Florida: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, after a rocky first month in of­fice, re­turned to the cam­paign trail on Satur­day to de­liver an­other at­tack on the me­dia and tout his White House ac­com­plish­ments in the friendly and fa­mil­iar at­mos­phere of a rally with sup­port­ers. Land­ing on Air Force One as the sun set near a hangar filled with thou­sands of peo­ple, Trump rev­eled in the crowd and listed prom­ises he had kept, in­clud­ing start­ing the process of build­ing a wall on the US bor­der with Mex­ico, de­port­ing “bad peo­ple”, and pulling the coun­try out of a trade agree­ment with Asian na­tions. “Life is a cam­paign. Mak­ing our coun­try great again is a cam­paign,” he told re­porters on Air Force One ahead of the rally, when asked about crit­i­cism that he was start­ing to cam­paign al­ready.

The rally marks an es­pe­cially early start to the 2020 race for the White House. Trump filed re-election pa­pers with the Fed­eral Election Com­mis­sion five hours after he was sworn in as pres­i­dent on Jan­uary 20. He does not have an op­po­nent or even a field of Democrats yet vy­ing to run for their party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

The busi­ness­man-turned-po­lit­i­can told the crowd he wanted to speak to them with­out the fil­ter of “fake news,” his stan­dard cri­tique of jour­nal­ists and me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions that cover him. “I’m here be­cause I want to be among my friends and among the peo­ple,” he said. “We are not go­ing to let the fake news tell us what to do, how to live, or what to be­lieve.” The White House has been un­happy with sto­ries por­tray­ing Trump’s first weeks as chaotic.

His short ten­ure has been marked by tur­moil over a con­tentious ex­ec­u­tive or­der lim­it­ing im­mi­gra­tion from seven Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries and the res­ig­na­tion of his na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser.

The abrupt de­par­ture of Michael Flynn fol­lowed rev­e­la­tions that he had dis­cussed U.S. sanc­tions on Rus­sia with the Rus­sian am­bas­sador to the United States be­fore Trump took of­fice and mis­led Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence about the con­ver­sa­tions. Mem­bers of the au­di­ence ex­pressed de­light in Trump’s per­for­mance in of­fice. “I want him to know that we sup­por t hi m,” s a id Ca r mel a Roche­leau, 33, a reg­is­tered nurse from Port St. Lu­cie, Florida, who at­tended Trump’s rally.

“Every­body is go­ing against him and I want him to know that we care about all the hard work that he’s do­ing be­cause it seems like every­body at­tacks him for any­thing and no­body shows him any good credit,” she said. Gene Huber, 47, a car sales­man from West Palm Beach, Florida, had been wait­ing in line to see Trump since 4 a.m. “His ex­cite­ment and the love that he shows us, the peo­ple, that’s why each day brought me stronger and closer to him,” Huber said. In an un­usual move, Trump al­lowed Huber to join him on stage and ad­dress the crowd dur­ing the rally. He ac­knowl­edged later that the move prob­a­bly did not please the Se­cret Ser­vice.

Don­ald Trump with Me­la­nia Trump at a cam­paign rally in Mel­bourne, Florida

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