Trump talks up his approach to trade before Minnesota rally

Republican candidates embrace avoid Trump amid Duluth visit

REUTERS Kevin Lamarque President Donald Trump

The President, however, devoted only a small portion of his speech to the issue of immigration and his border policy, even though it has dominated the conversation in Washington for a week and roiled the Republican Party. Trump told those at Duluth Cargo Connect that "billions" are "pouring into the Treasury" as a result of his trade decisions.

"Today, I signed an executive order", he said.

But it aims to keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases and ask the Defence Department to help house them.

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.

"The elite, the elite".

At another point, his stream-of-consciousness riffing led him to this nugget about his perceived enemies: "They always call the other side 'the elites.' Why are they the elite?" I'm smarter than they are. "I became president and they didn't". 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.

During a riff on health care, Trump returned to an oft-attacked enemy: McCain. "Go home to your mom, darling". "He went thumbs down". "He's a war hero!"

He also accused the media of providing one-sided reports about his Singapore summit with Mr Kim. "We had great chemistry", said Trump, who predicted that Kim "will turn that country into a great successful country". "We meet a lot of great people here". "In two and a half years, it is going to be really easy, I think". He has also shown himself willing to put aside grudges; he endorsed Mitt Romney, who called Trump a "fraud" in 2016, for Senate in Utah. It's unclear if the remains have actually been returned or will be returned. CNN, citing four administration officials, reported Tuesday that the administration was expecting North Korea to return the remains, which are believed to be those of United States servicemembers, in the coming days.

Trump has sought to cast his meeting with Kim as a turning point in North Korean relations, hoping that the boost on the global stage will help Republicans running in the midterms elections this year.

I hate to bring this up.

Trump's 2020 campaign declined to comment beyond a June 11 statement it issued announcing the Duluth event.

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Trump reminded his audience that he narrowly lost the 2016 campaign in Minnesota. In the next eight days, for example, Trump will make politics-focused trips to Nevada, South Carolina, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

The president's visit to the district follows a debate that's played out among White House advisers since the start of the year on how best to deploy Trump in the midterm campaign.

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

Duluth is the biggest city in Minnesota's sprawling 8th congressional district, which Trump won in 2016 with 54.2 percent of the vote.

"We're going to keep families together and the border is going to be just as tough as it's been", Trump told the cheering crowd in Duluth on Wednesday night.

"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 has been a real benefit for this area, " said Johnson, who was on a panel of about a dozen officials and Steelworkers sitting with Trump.

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

Governor candidate Lori Swanson said that as state attorney general she has fought several Trump immigration incentives.

"We're working very hard to open up that area" to copper mining, Trump said.

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