President Trump holds a rally in Montana

By Veronica Rocha and Brian Ries, CNN

Updated 11:47 p.m. ET, September 6, 2018
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9:16 p.m. ET, September 6, 2018

President Trump calls op-ed "very unfair thing" in Fox interview overheard at rally

From CNN's Allie Malloy

President Trump, in an interview with Fox News before a rally in Montana, addressed the New York Times Op-Ed saying it's "a very unfair thing" that the writer of the opinion is anonymous, adding that the administration can't discredit the account without the person's identity. 

This was unusual: The interview was taped on a stage in the arena in front of the crowd.

Trump also called the White House "a well oiled machine" and that there is "a lot of love in the administration." 

"So they take one person out of thousands but what's unfair -- I don't mind when they write a book and they make lies, cause it gets discredited. We just discredited the last one. We discredit all of them because it's lies," Trump said. 

"But I'll tell you," he continued, "when somebody writes and you can't discredit, because you have no idea who they are usually you'll find out it's a background that was bad. It might not be a Republican, it may not be a Conservative. It may be a deep state person that's been there a long time."

9:14 p.m. ET, September 6, 2018

Trump takes the stage

President Trump took the stage in Billings, Montana, just 10 minutes after he was scheduled to do so.

The President flew here after a rollicking 48 hours in Washington, D.C.

"Hello Montana," Trump said. "This is going to be a lot of fun."

You can watch the rally in the player above or right here. 

9:02 p.m. ET, September 6, 2018

3 key subjects that could come up at tonight's rally

President Trump is speaking tonight in Montana after a tumultuous week at the White House and for his administration. 

He'll likely have a lot to say about Bob Woodward's new book, an anonymous New York Times op-ed and other key issues.

Here are a few subjects that Trump could bring up:

  • New York Times' op-ed: The op-ed is written by a senior Trump administration official who says they are part of an internal "resistance" working to thwart parts of Trump's agenda and block his worst impulses, and was published amid questions of Trump's fitness and his control over his administration. The highest-ranking officials in the Trump administration denied they or their offices authored the op-ed in The New York Times.
  • Bob Woodward's book: The 448-page book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," provides an unprecedented inside-the-room look through the eyes of the President's inner circle. According to the book, Trump's closest aides have taken extraordinary measures in the White House to try to stop what they saw as his most dangerous impulses, going so far as to swipe and hide papers from his desk so he wouldn't sign them. Several Trump administration officials denied several references made about them in the book.
  • Brett Kavanaugh: A confirmation hearing is underway for Trump's Supreme Court pick. Democratic senators are grilling Kavanaugh on his judicial record on Roe v. Wade, presidential powers and other landmark cases.
8:50 p.m. ET, September 6, 2018

Trump supporters at rally are listening to him pre-tape a Fox & Friends interview

Scores of Trump supporters in their seats ahead of the rally are being treated to a Fox & Friends interview that is being pre-taped for tomorrow's show. The audio is being pumped over the speakers, and they are cheering at certain remarks.

8:24 p.m. ET, September 6, 2018

President Trump is holding a rally in Montana tonight

From CNN's Eric Bradner

President Trump is set to rally Republicans in Montana tonight in Montana behind state auditor Matt Rosendale's bid to oust Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in November's midterm elections.

The rally is scheduled to start 9 p.m. ET.

Montana is one of five states that Trump won by double digits in 2016 where a Democratic senator is up for re-election this fall -- which the White House and Republican strategists hope will give the President outsized influence on their Senate races.

His evening rally in Billings is Trump's second visit to Montana this election cycle -- two months after he held a similar campaign event in Great Falls.

Trump's rallies often veer far from the topic of the Senate race he's there to weigh in on. In his July visit, Trump mocked the #MeToo movement, called Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas," claimed California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters' I.Q. is in the "mid-60s" and ridiculed Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who died nearly two weeks ago, for opposing his Obamacare repeal effort.

One thing to note: On Thursday, the swirl of news included the confirmation hearing of Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and an anonymous New York Times op-ed in which a senior administration official strongly criticized Trump.