Likely Republican nominee Donald Trump claimed that undocumented immigrants in the U.S. receive better care than the country’s military veterans, during a speech at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally on Sunday (29 May).
WASHINGTON (AP) Republican Donald Trump told a motorcycle rally on Sunday that people in the USA illegally often are cared for better than the nation’s military veterans, without backing up his allegation.
He said that if he is elected, “We’re going to knock the hell out” of Islamic State jihadists in the Mideast.
The campaign will host a national press call, release statements and unleash surrogates in key battleground states armed with talking points and opposition research to highlight Trump’s past disparaging remarks about veterans, his Veterans Administration reform plans, and his months-long refusal to fully account for the funds he raised in January for veterans’ charities, according to plans the Clinton campaign shared with CNN. He said Trumps message that the USA needed to project power in the world resonated with him.He contrasted that call with Obamas Friday appearance in Hiroshima, where the president called for a moral revolution on nuclear arms and greeted survivors of Americas atomic attack there in 1945.
This despite Trump’s remarks past year that disparaged one of America’s most famous prisoners of war: Senator John McCain.
Donald Trump on Tuesday went on a sustained frontal assault against the media Tuesday during a contentious news conference.
“He’s a war hero because he was captured. This is not a party, this is a protest”, Steve Anderjack, a veteran, said.
The annual event was started by two Vietnam veterans in 1987 who were joined that year by 2,800 motorcycles out of New Jersey, said Joe Bean, Rolling Thunder’s national president.
Trump said he didn’t “want the credit” for his fundraising, “but I shouldn’t be lambasted” – that despite Trump repeatedly touting the donations himself on the campaign trail since the January fundraiser, which was televised in what some at the time dubbed a PR stunt.
Trump’s supporters include a group called “Bikers for Trump”, which has more than 46,000 “likes” on Facebook. At this event, however, Trump described the nonprofit’s gifts at what was clearly a campaign event – at which he bashed his rivals, and talked up his poll numbers.
Trump had said earlier in the year that he raised $6 million for veterans, but told reporters at his news conference that some of those pledges did not come through and that his final total will likely exceed that mark in any event. “I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump. I’ve never received such bad publicity for doing a good job”.
Trump gave his standard stump speech, but the crowd had been primed by a one-term congressman from New York, John LeBoutillier, who insisted in his own speech that hundreds of American prisoners of war were still being held in Vietnam.
Mr Trump has refused to apologise to McCain. “I don’t require any fix of that”, McCain said during an interview with CNN this month. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information.
“He is speaking about our veterans and our issues”, Regg said.
Trump’s speech followed a noon ride by motorcyclists that began at the Pentagon and wound its way into D.C. and around the Mall.