President Donald Trump flew into Florida on Tuesday to brag about the surging economy and his record on a host of issues, while bashing Democrats and urging voters to send more Republicans to Congress in November.
Trump also trumpeted Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis, a staunch defender of the president against the Mueller probe looking into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
It was a lousy birthday present for Putnam, who turned 44 while campaigning in The Villages and was doing his best to downplay Trump's visit. China has moved to impose tariffs on US soybeans.
"China and others have targeted our farmers", he said. "It's profits over people these days and we have to speak out against that, it's our duty to so".
He also bragged that rural areas were "beautiful, Republican red" in the 2016 election.
Watch Trump make his claim in the video below. "And we will never surrender", he said to roars from the crowd. In Trump's America, this high-stakes political gamble is exactly what Trump does, as a president who still holds rallies like he's running for re-election already.
"He's a balance - if nothing else, can we just have balance?" "It's time we had proper border security".
Trump reiterated his calls for laws requiring voters to show photo identification.
The video, narrated by DeSantis's wife Casey, tries to show the candidate for governor as an unabashed Trump supporter-and apparently wants those values distilled in his toddler.
While Time magazine reports there are certain stores that ask to see identification when someone pays with a credit card, there are no known requirements for purchasing groceries.
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"After a while, you forget who's the senator", Trump said, adding that he wants to make sure Scott "wins and wins big".
Trump will be speaking at a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in support of Ron DeSantis for Governor.
But Trump is also concerned about the outcome of the midterms. He is arguing that he must act himself - that he wants to take things into his own hands, the source said.
The Trump administration announced a $12 billion farm aid package last week, prompting some farmers and farm-state lawmakers, including Trump's fellow Republicans, to criticise the move, saying they would rather trade with no tariffs than receive government help.
Polling suggests that DeSantis has overcome Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's once-commanding lead, due nearly exclusively to the president's endorsement.
Trump's endorsement of Ron DeSantis has turned Florida's GOP gubernatorial primary upside down. "But we'll see what happens".
Trump last year launched an investigation into illegal voting, and it ended early this year with no significant findings.
Two House candidates he backed - Katie Arrington in SC and Rep. Martha Roby in a runoff for her seat in Alabama - both won.
Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are working to fund the government and that Trump's threat "is not good for anything".
The 36-year-old First Daughter boarded the Air Force One flight to Tampa, Florida on Tuesday afternoon, where she introduced her 72-year-old father at an official press event.