Hours after reversing himself to end the forced separations of migrant families, President Trump returned to the warm embrace of his supporters at a raucous rally in Duluth, Minn., Wednesday night to defend his hardline immigration policies while unleashing a torrent of grievances about the media and those investigating him. In his first rally in a blue state since taking office,Trump downplayed the crisis that has threatened to envelop the White House amid days of heart-wrenching images of children being pulled from their parents along the border, the AP reports. He made only a brief mention of his decision to sign an executive order after spending days insisting that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.
"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 of around 8,000. The president denounced Democrats and those who make unauthorized border crossings, suggesting that the money used to care for those immigrants could be better spent on inner cities and rural areas. He even invoked his campaign kickoff speech, held three years ago this week, in which he declared that Mexico "wasn't sending their best" in terms of migrants crossing into the US. He fumed over what he deemed "dishonest" coverage of his summit with Kim Jong Un and suggested that a recent Justice Department watchdog report into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe proved his innocence in the special counsel's Russia investigation while covering up Clinton's guilt. The crowd responded with a "Lock her up!" chant.
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