President Trump rallies in Michigan

By Meg Wagner
updated 8:57 PM ET, Sat April 28, 2018
8:45 p.m. ET, April 28, 2018

Trump: This rally is better than the "phony" correspondents' dinner

President Trump spoke for nearly two hours at a rally in Michigan. Meanwhile, back in Washington, DC, journalists are gathering for the annual dinner that celebrates the First Amendment — an event that previous presidents attended yearly.

President Trump, speaking his rally, took a jab at the White House correspondents' dinner he's missing back in Washington.

"By the way, is this better than that phony Washington White House correspondents' dinner? Is this more fun? I could be up there tonight smiling like I love when they're hitting you. Shot after shot, these people they hate your guts. Shot."

8:35 p.m. ET, April 28, 2018

Trump stops rally as someone in the crowd gets medical attention

President Trump stopped his rally for a moment so someone could attend to an audience member.

It's unclear what exactly happened, but Trump called for a doctor to help the rally-goer.

“Those are the people we love. Those are great people. And the doctors! Thank you, doctor. Great job. Amazing what people we have,” Trump said after the brief pause.

Watch the moment here:

8:29 p.m. ET, April 28, 2018

Trump predicts the GOP will keep control of the House and Senate

President Trump is optimistic about the midterms.

"We gotta win the House. And you know what? We're going to win anyway. We're going to win the House," Trump said.

"We gotta go out, and we gotta fight like hell," Trump said. "And I think we're going to do great in the Senate, and I think we're going to do great in the House because the economy is so good."

8:11 p.m. ET, April 28, 2018

Trump: "Kanye West gets it"

President Trump just brought up one of his fans: Kanye West.

"Kanye West gets it," Trump said. "He gets it."

"When he sees that African-American unemployment is the lowest in history. You know, people are watching. That's a very important thing he's done for his legacy."

Trump frequently touts historically low black unemployment rates. (However, they remain well above unemployment rates for white people.)

Earlier this week, Kanye West sent out several tweets praising President Trump and criticizing President Obama.

Here is one of the many tweets Kanye West sent about his love for President Trump:

8:00 p.m. ET, April 28, 2018

Trump on Comey: "I did you a great favor when I fired this guy"

President Trump said he did the US "a great favor" when he fired former FBI Director James Comey.

"Watch the way he lies. It's the most incredible thing. Comey's a liar and a leaker. You know, I did you a great favor when I fired this guy."

Comey is currently promoting his new book, "A Higher Loyalty." In it, he paints Trump as a relentless liar who is obsessively unethical, devoid of humanity and a slave to his ego, who is clueless about his job and unconcerned about a Russian assault on American democracy.

7:59 p.m. ET, April 28, 2018

Crowd chants "Nobel! Nobel" as Trump talks North Korea

President Trump told a rally in Michigan “we are not playing games” when it comes to North Korea.

As he mentioned the strained relationship between the US and North Korea three to four months ago with some predictions of a possible nuclear war, people in the audience started chanting “Nobel!”

"Peace is going to keep us out of nuclear war," Trump said.

He said the world went from having a potential disaster, but the Olympics and North Korea’s participation helped to turn things around.

Trump said he thinks he and Kim are going to have a meeting in the next three to four weeks. Trump said Friday there are two possible locations for the meeting.

 

7:50 p.m. ET, April 28, 2018

Trump: South Korea's president gives the US "all the credit" for North Korea

President Trump said he spoke to South Korean President Moon Jae-in following his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump said Moon and Kim had a "very good meeting" — and he said Moon gives the credit to the US.

"He gives us tremendous credit. He gives us all the credit," Trump said.

"I had one of the fake news groups this morning. They were saying, 'What do you think President Trump had to do with it?' I'll tell you what. Like, how about everything?"

The crowd chanted "Nobel! Nobel!" as Trump spoke about North Korea.

8:12 p.m. ET, April 28, 2018

Trump: I have five people who want to run the VA

Just days after Dr. Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination to lead Veterans Affairs amid allegations of misconduct, President Trump told a cheering crowd in Michigan that he has five people who want to run the department.

Trump then brought up Sen. Jon Tester, saying what he did to Dr. Jackson was a "disgrace." (Tester is the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. He raised concerns about allegations against Jackson, including that he loosely handled prescription pain medications, was intoxicated during an overseas trip, and created a toxic work environment.)

Earlier today, Trump called on Tester to resign.

"I know things about Tester that I could say ... and if i said them, he'd never be elected again," Trump said at the rally tonight.

7:41 p.m. ET, April 28, 2018

Trump: "I'd much rather be in Washington, Michigan, than Washington, DC"

President Trump kicked off his rally in Washington Township, Michigan, with a jab at the White House correspondents' dinner happening now in DC, which celebrates the First Amendment.

"You may have heard that I was invited to another event tonight," Trump said.