President Donald Trump spoke at the first ever Fourth of July Freedom Rally at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to pay tribute to veterans on Saturday. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. U.S. President Donald Trump honored military veterans in Washington on Saturday (July 1) at a Kennedy Center event that resembled both a political rally and an evangelical Christian religious service ahead of the July 4 Independence Day holiday. Using the podium to lash out at the news media, Trump worked to energise evangelicals in his political base Attendees at the event for veterans waved miniature American flags from their seats in the theatre and raised their hands as a sign of praise while a large choir sang ahead of Trump's remarks. Trump, who is spending a long weekend at his property in Bedminster, New Jersey, flew back to Washington for the rally but did not spend the night at the White House, preferring to return to Bedminster. Trump has held campaign-like rallies regularly during his first few months in the White House and kicked off his own re-election campaign far earlier than other incumbents in recent history. "The fake media is trying to silence us, but we will not let them," he said. "The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House. But I'm president, and they're not."