Trump hits his usual talking points
Mr. Trump’s speech was relatively tame, and he hit on his favorite talking points. He reiterated his belief that MS-13 gang members are “animals,” despite backlash about those comments.
He also brought up the death of Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old Iowan found dead this week who was suspected to be killed by an immigrant, saying that voting for Democrats would lead to open borders.
“Open borders equals crime,” Mr. Trump said.
The president also discussed popular topics such as renegotiating NAFTA, NFL players kneeling during the national anthem and the opioid crisis. At times, his stream-of-consciousness style of speaking led him to go on tangents.
While discussing his famous campaign question to African-American voters, when he asked “what the hell do you have to lose” in voting for him, Mr. Trump reflected that now he believes he has support among African-Americans.
“Now we’re doing great, and Kanye West likes me,” Mr. Trump said. “Kanye West has some real power.”
West, a rap star, tweeted his support for Mr. Trump in April.