Trump in Indiana kicks off campaign season

ELKHART, Ind. (WISH) – President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke Thursday evening to thousands of people inside the gymnasium of North Side Middle School. 

There were many moments of thunderous applause and some boos from the crowd directed at the media when the president called the media “fake news.” 

 “I thought it was great,” said one woman at the event.

Trump kicked off the campaign season by mentioning several Republican lawmakers and candidates, including Indiana’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Mike Braun, who took the stage

The president gave “big congratulations for Indiana’s new Republican nominee for the United States Senate, Mike Braun.”

The vice president said, “Mike Braun is a job creator. He built his business in the Hoosier State. He’s a conservative who I’ve known for a lot of years. I know he’s gonna bring Indiana values to our nation’s capitol.”

Braun said, “You can count on me to be a true reinforcement and the guy that is gonna retire Joe Donnelly.” 

Trump and Pence slammed U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly on issues including the repealing of Obamacare and tax cuts. 

Otherwise, Trump talked about fair trade and steel manufacturing returning to America. He also discussed the three Americans released from North Korea, whom he greeted in Washington early Thursday.

“Those hostages came out with respect,” Trump said. “We didn’t pay for them. We’re going to set the table. We’re gonna make a great deal for the world … for North Korea, for South Korea, Japan, for China.”

Trump also talked about immigration and building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. 

“We have to do something strong. We are going to build the wall. We are already starting the wall,” the president said to thunderous applause.

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