At raucous rally, Trump touts hawkish immigration plans

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 24, 2018

President Donald Trump defended his decision to backtrack on the practice of separating undocumented immigrant families on the US-Mexico border at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on Wednesday.

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". "We're going to keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough as it's been". And with the industrial and upper Midwest looming large for Trump's re-election hopes, the president vowed to spend more time there before 2020.

'Why are they elite?

"We are going to make it great for Americans", Trump said during his almost hour on stage.

"I truly believe that it will energize a lot of Republican voters in the state. and get people to start paying attention earlier than they normally would", Johnson said. I am smarter than they are. But we came this close to winning the state of Minnesota.

Trump will also be hosting a roundtable at the Port of Duluth to discuss trade and the mining industry, according to the White House.

Trump had repeatedly and falsely blamed the Democratic Party for creating the "law", which does not exist - as the Huffington Post reported - that caused children to be ripped from their parents at the border.

Trump's trip to Duluth was an attempt to do just that. He narrowly lost Minnesota in 2016.

In one of his patented "roundtable" discussions, Trump was in friendly territory with about 200 supporters - many of them representing mining, construction and shipping interests - gathered in a spruced-up Lake Superior Warehousing building in the shadow of the Blatnik Bridge.

The campaign also sent out an email about the event with a fundraising pitch about standing behind the president.

"President Trump's comments fly in the face of 70 percent of Minnesotans who are opposed to this risky type of mining near the priceless Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, " said Doug Niemela, national campaign manager for the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, in a statement.

In front of 9,000 people in Duluth, the Republican president said American businesses need immigrants.

"It's our understanding that the rally in Duluth is focused on supporting Pete Stauber in his race for the 8th Congressional District". "It presents the president with an excellent opportunity to test his theory".

Stauber is the only Republican running for the seat, while five Democrats are competing in the August 14 primary.

"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.

That wasn't the only throwback moment at the rally, featuring a packed arena festooned with American flags and the crowd responding in chants to many of Trump's cues.

And during the section of Trump's speech where he name checks certain Republican candidates, Trump repaid Pawlenty's absence by not mentioning him.

Later, Trump said his administration was in the final stages of taking the federal land withdrawl off the table entirely.

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