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After a boisterous campaign-style rally in Phoenix, President Donald Trump is staying out west for another day. Today, he will be delivering a speech at the The American Legion’s annual convention in Reno, Nevada. You can watch a live stream of the speech below. The president is scheduled to begin speaking at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 am PT at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
USA Today notes that Trump will likely have a friendly crowd to speak before, even though the largest war time veterans group in the country is a non-partisan organization. They also have a history of inviting presidents to speak. President Barack Obama spoke at the convention in 2011 and Trump spoke at the 2016 convention, as did Hillary Clinton.
Several veterans USA Today spoke with support the president, telling him that they think he is doing a good job. “He’s doing great,” Philip Cerdes of Kansas told the paper. “He is doing great. It’s the other people (in Congress) that are failing.”
Trump will likely talk about his plans to support veterans. He is expected to sign the new Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 before the American Legion.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was in Reno last week to tour Reno Veterans Hospital. Shulkin told KOLO-TV that the new G.I. Bill will give veterans more benefits and also help their families. “Veterans get decisions on appeals much more quickly, something they deserve… the law hasn’t been changed since the 1930s,” Shulkin told KOLO.
Trump’s speech in Reno will be his third of the week. On Tuesday, he spoke in Phoenix for over an hour, delivering a typical campaign-style speech before a friendly crowd. But on Monday, Trump delivered a serious message about his administration’s plans for Afghanistan and South Asia.
During his Phoenix rally, Trump once again complained about “fake news” and criticized both Arizona senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain. At one point, he went on a long defense of his initial reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, although he didn’t include his controversial “on many sides” statement.
“Last night in Phoenix I read the things from my statements on Charlottesville that the Fake News Media didn’t cover fairly,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “People got it!”