Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Trump compares himself to GOP icon Abe Lincoln

Rep. Ron De Santis is a candidate for governor of Florida Drew Angerer via Getty Images Rep. Ron De Santis is a candidate for governor of Florida
Charlie Simmons | 04 August, 2018, 21:34

While making the case for requiring voters to show picture identification at polls, Trump, who has long alleged without evidence that millions of votes were illegally cast in the 2016 presidential election, said that basically all retail transactions required picture ID.

Earlier this week Trump once again endorsed DeSantis, this time onstage with him at a rally in Tampa.

"If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID", Trump continued, either lying or oblivious.

"In Tampa today, we met with multiple people who have been supporter of Putnam who now know the race was over", said a GOP consultant affiliated with the DeSantis campaign.

It's his first of two stops during a day trip to Florida. Ahead of the president's rally, the Democratic Governors Association released a statement that said, "DeSantis is the latest Trump wannabe catering to the fringe-far right while everyday Floridians wait to hear a real plan for Florida". Since then, China has retaliated with US$45 billion in tariffs of its own, driving down soybean prices and sparking fear among Republicans that their party could suffer at the ballot box in November's midterm elections.

Patricia Green of Lakeland said that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene had her backing.

Just before Trump and DeSantis took the stage Tuesday evening, Adam Putnam was meeting with the staff at Gulf Marine Repair's A.W. Hendry Training Center in Tampa to talk about one of his campaign issues and one of the reasons for Trump's visit to the Tampa area - putting a new emphasis on vocational and technical training in schools.

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Mr Trump has a popularity rate in the party of about 87%, which is historically high compared to predecessors at this point in the presidency.

While American and Chinese officials have hinted at the possibility of restarting talks in recent weeks, it's been nearly two months since they last held high-level negotiations.

Responding to Trump's social media attack, Koch spokesman James Davis was measured.

DeSantis thanked Trump and took a shot at Scott's predecessor, Charlie Crist, who won election as a Republican only to switch parties after losing a Senate race.

"I don't think he's anxious about the general election at this point".

Trump tweeted support for the candidate Tuesday morning. "Two nice guys with bad ideas". Republican leaders disagree, hoping they can avoid a high-profile display of dysfunction and focus their message on the GOP tax cuts and the strong economy. But Trump nonetheless also briefly praised Scott, and criticized Nelson as an out-of-touch politician, saying he sees him in Florida only "five months before every election".

With sky-high approval ratings among Republican voters, the president has injected himself into several recent GOP primaries, helping candidates in Georgia, Alabama and SC with endorsements that have helped set the stage for the fall elections.

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