WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday devoted part of a rally speech to continuing his attacks on the media.
“My administration is transferring power outside of Washington and returning it to where it belongs, the people,” Trump said at the Celebrate Freedom Concert, held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
“The fake media is trying to silence us but we will not let them,” Trump said. “The people know the truth. The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I’m president and they’re not.”
The rally, which had been billed as a patriotic “night of hope, celebration and commemoration” to honour veterans, was co-sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Dallas, a Texas-based megachurch.
Trump praised several veterans by name and spoke of efforts to make up for “40 years” of failed efforts, under previous administrations, to reform the Veterans Affairs Department.
“You have an entire nation of 300 million people behind you,” he said. “And our nation’s getting strong again, have you noticed?”
Trump also told the crowd his administration would “always support and defend your religious liberty.”
“We don’t want to see God forced out of our public squares,” he said. “We want to see prayers before football games if they want to say prayers.”
“Wherever I go, people are more excited about Donald Trump than on election day,” said Robert Jeffress, the First Baptist pastor who introduced Trump at the event.
“Millions of Americans believe that [Trump’s victory] represented God giving us our next chance, perhaps our last chance, to Make America Great Again,” Jeffress said.