Trump's supporters say he should be given more help, time

Kari Scott
May 3, 2017

The move - to hold a rally in a battleground state and miss the annual dinner known for glitzy elbow-rubbing between Washington journalists and Hollywood celebrities - seemed created to thumb the presidential nose at the Washington press corps, with whom Trump continues to have a tense relationship, while also highlighting Trump's accomplishments on his 100th day in the Oval Office.

It turns to a televised Ivanka Trump, who is replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on the Supreme Court.

"We'll rally to show Donald Trump that we will not stand idly by as he continues his attacks on the values we believe in", Groen said in a statement.

In his first 100 days, he's signed 28 bills into laws, 29 executive orders, met with 16 foreign leaders, and held 9 news conferences including one where he refused German Chancellor Angela Merkel a handshake. Still, there were rows of empty seats and space on the floor as he spoke.

The president of the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) on Saturday pushed back against President Trump's claims that news outlets covering his administration critically are reporting "fake news". Trump said at his event, not mentioning that he attended the dinner in 2011 while a reality television star and was repeatedly roasted by then-President Barack Obama. He returns to Washington, D.C., with 1361 days left in his term.

"I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away", he told a crowd in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, calling out golf-mar-a-lago.html" target="_blank">The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC by name.

President Donald Trump speaks at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April, 29, 2017.

"Hasan's smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the ideal fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media", WHCA president and White House correspondent for Reuters Jeff Mason said in a statement.

He painted a dark picture of risky immigrants flooding into the country, of police under siege and Islamic terrorism threatening Americans' safety, promising to reverse those problems.

In Washington, DC, protesters marched from the US Capitol to the White House along the National Mall, demonstrating in support of strengthening climate science. So far, 18 people on Trump's team, including him, have been accused of having Russian ties.

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Under a relentless spotlight since stunning the world in November with a victory over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, the 45th U.S. president has seen his bid to tear up his predecessor's landmark health-care reforms founder in Congress, where many of his other legislative priorities have also run up against cold political gamesmanship.

His team touted Trump's moves to roll back Obama regulations and strike Syria.

Donald Trump at a celebration rally. The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want", a favorite from the campaign trail, played over the loudspeakers.

"Lowered my golf handicap, my Twitter following increased by 700, and finally, we can shoot hibernating bears-my boys will love that", Trump recites his accomplishments as his hair, a small dog, adjusts itself. With Trump out, organizers put the focus on the First Amendment and the role of the press in democracy.

"We're going to get that damn thing passed quickly", he said.

Despite political party affiliation, most seem to agree there is still much more work to be done during the president's term. They remain fiercely loyal and encouraged by his first few months.

"They are a disgrace", he said.

"It's time for all of us to remember that we are one people with one great American destiny, and that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, and we all share the same glorious freedoms of our magnificent country", Trump said, evoking the populist rhetoric of his inauguration speech after spending a large part of his Saturday remarks decrying the alleged shortcomings of the mainstream media.

"We can not ignore the rhetoric that has been employed by the president about who we are and what we do", said Jeff Mason, who now serves as president of the White House Press Association. "But we have a good chance showing up here again next year". "They see weakness and they jump on it", said Perry, 30. February 28 - Trump makes his first speech o a joint session of Congress, which is widely credited by pundits and US media as a success.

In Washington, thousands of demonstrators braved sweltering heat approaching 90 degrees and marched down Pennsylvania Avenue from near the U.S. Capitol to Trump's new home, the White House.

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