— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
Politico – President Donald Trump is returning to the trail. The president will hold a rally Saturday afternoon at a hangar in Melbourne, Florida. It will be his first campaign-style rally since his so-called thank-you tour during the transition period to states he won in November.
“Join me in Florida this Saturday at 5pm for a rally at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport!” Trump tweeted from his personal Twitter handle, along with a link for supporters to RSVP.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the rally, but Trump himself had floated the idea of hosting them even as president.
The return to campaign form, if only for a day, could give a boost to Trump’s presidency. The early stages of his administration have been marred by damaging leaks compounded by withering criticism from the media, massive protests against his policies and Cabinet nominees, an increasing number of potential investigations against him and his allies, and some solitude, as his wife and 10-year-old son have spent most of their time in New York.
Saturday, however, will put Trump on friendly turf, likely in front of thousands of raucous supporters and a pool of TV cameras, a chance to be the sole star on stage after holding bilateral news conferences alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.
And it comes after yet another tumultuous week in his administration. Trump accepted the resignation of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, late Monday. Flynn had discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the transition but misled Vice President Mike Pence about it, for which he apologized and tendered his resignation, at Trump’s request.
Then on Wednesday, Trump’s nominee to be labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from consideration, amid ongoing controversy.
The rally will follow the president’s trip to Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday. White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday that Trump will attend the rollout of a new Boeing plane: the 787-10 Dreamliner.
“This visit will give the president an opportunity to celebrate a huge milestone for thousands of workers at Boeing, America’s No. 1 exporter in the millions of American workers involved in aerospace,” Spicer said. “This trip has been months in the making, and we’re thrilled to celebrating the rollout of this amazing plane.”
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