ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) President Donald Trump rallied thousands of supporters Thursday at North Side Gym in Elkhart during his first visit to Michiana since taking office.
It was a double dose of Whitehouse brass, as Vice President Mike Pence got down to brass tacks on the administration's accomplishments thus far. Even the 'lows' were 'highs.'
"The unemployment rate hasn't been this low since 2000," Pence told the crowd. "In fact, Elkhart County has the fifth lowest unemployment rate in America."
According to President Trump, the only weakness seemed to be being too strong: "Do you remember everybody in the fake news when they were saying he's going to get us into a nuclear war, he's going to get us into a nuclear war, and you know what gets you into nuclear wars and you know what gets you into other wars? Weakness."
So many accomplishments were cited that the campaign slogan was changed from "Make America Great Again" to "Keep America Great Again," but the President warned that the progress could quickly disappear with lost seats in the midterm election.
President Trump allowed one person to interrupt his speech, in the hopes his progress wouldn't be interrupted later.
The crowd heard from the winner of the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate, Mike Braun. "You can count on me to be a true reinforcement and the guy that's going to retire Joe Donnelly.
Vice President Mike Pence, Indiana's former governor, introduced the president. He said that Trump has kept his campaign promises and is embracing his leadership role on the world stage.
Pence said the president is making progress on North Korea and brought home three Americans who were held there. He noted that the U.S. is pulling out of the "disastrous" Iran nuclear deal and opening up the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
Once Trump took the stage, he talked up the economy and his accomplishments, telling the audience that the "great news keeps rolling in."
Trump said he doesn't think "we've ever done better as a country." He says, "We making America proud. We are rockin.'"
Trump also warned of the potential consequences of Democratic wins in the midterms in November that threaten to derail his agenda in Congress.
“This November, Indiana will face an important choice. You can send a really incredible swamp person back to the Senate, like Joe Donnelly, or you can send us Republicans like Mike Braun to drain the swamp,” Trump said.
Before the rally, Donnelly's campaign said the senator had voted with Trump 62 percent of the time "because he works for Hoosiers, not any politician or political party."
Trump ended the rally with the following: "Together we will make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again. Thank you, Indiana. We love you."
This story will be updated soon.
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9:52 a.m. Melissa Stephens: People are lining up early for the President Trump rally outside of North Side Middle School in Elkhart.
11:11 a.m. Joshua Short: What you need to know before President Trump’s arrival
11:15 a.m. Travis Robinson: Trump supporters are out and about! Check out this float!
11:30 a.m. Maria Catanzarite: Parking info for President Trump’s visit to Elkhart
11:39 a.m. Maria Catanzarite: Talking to an Elkhart resident about President Trump’s visit:
11:58 a.m. Travis Robinson: Talking to Blacks for Trump about why they’re here today
12:05 p.m. Maria Catanzarite: Meet one of the protesters
12:53 p.m. David Harker: Weather update for The Donald J. Trump Presidential visit in Michiana
1:40 p.m. Maria Catanzarite: Meet another person who is protesting President Trump's visit to Michiana.
1:48 p.m. Maria Catanzarite: Meet another supporter of President Trump who is attending the rally.
1:58 p.m. Maria Catanzarite: Another protester gives his views on the president's visit to Michiana.
2:21 p.m. Trevor Robinson: President Donald Trump supporters voice their encouragement with the Pledge of Allegiance.
2:08 p.m. Travis Robinson: Trump supporters line up to see the president speak.