President Trump holds Missouri rally

By Brian Ries, CNN

Updated 7:41 a.m. ET, September 24, 2018
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8:58 p.m. ET, September 21, 2018

Our live coverage of President Trump's Missouri rally has concluded. See CNN Politics for more.

8:49 p.m. ET, September 21, 2018

Trump: I hope we get along with Iran

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Ahead of a speech on Iran at the United Nations next week, President Donald Trump hit the “crummy Iran deal” and suggested that the nation simply “wants to survive.”

“Look at what happened to Iran,” he said, noting that there are “riots in every city” since the US pulled out of the deal.

“Everybody said Iran will take over, now Iran wants to survive, ok? They’re no longer looking at the Mediterranean, ok? And hopefully, we’ll be able to do something with Iran, but you know what, if it happens, good, if it doesn’t that’s okay… but they’re not doing so well folks,” he said.

He continued, “You know what, I hope we get along with them great. It’s not easy for them, and frankly, it’s not easy for others, until we get treated with the respect that we deserve.”

8:46 p.m. ET, September 21, 2018

Trump on China trade: If they retaliate, we have a lot more to come back with

From CNN's Betsy Klein

As the trade war continues, President Donald Trump projected strength as he addressed tariffs on China here in Springfield, Missouri, saying the US has “far more bullets” and warning that more tariffs on China could come. 

“China last year took out $500 billion from our country, 500 billion… We have rebuilt China, we have given them such wealth and we’re changing it,” he told the rally-goers.

He continued:

“So we charged 25% on $50 billion worth of merchandise tariffs coming in. And then they said, well we’re going to do the same thing, I said that’s okay. We have far more bullets, we’re going to go $200 billion and 25% Chinese made goods. And we will come back with more. If they retaliate, we have a lot more to come back with. And they want to make a deal, and let’s see if we can make a deal.”
8:29 p.m. ET, September 21, 2018

President Trump says GOP has to fight for Kavanaugh

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President Trump said on Friday that Republicans had to fight for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and that women will back that approach.

"We have to fight for him. Not worried about the other side," Trump said in Missouri. "And by the way, women are for that more than anyone would understand."

8:36 p.m. ET, September 21, 2018

Trump says "there's a lingering stench" at the FBI and he's going to get rid of it

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Trump, in an apparent veiled reference to the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein story, told a rally of the FBI and the Justice Department, “there’s a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that, too.” 

In Springfield, Missouri, while talking about the “swamp” of Washington, DC, he said, “Just look at what is now being exposed in our Department of Justice and the FBI look at what’s going on. Look at what’s going on.” 

He continued, “I wanna tell you, we have great people in the Department of Justice, we have great people. These are people, I really believe, you take a poll, I gotta be at 95%. But we had some real bad ones – you see what’s happened at the FBI, they’re all gone, they’re all gone, they’re all gone. But there’s a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that, too.”


8:18 p.m. ET, September 21, 2018

Trump mocks Antifa: They’re lucky that we’re peaceful

President Trump mocked members of the "Antifa" tonight for living in their parents basements and having tiny biceps, showing their approximate size -- in his telling -- by pinching his thumb and pointer finger together.

"The Democrat party is held hostage by far-left activists, by angry mobs — Antifa — by deep-state radicals," Trump said.

He asked, "You ever seen what happens when they take the masks off Antifa? You have guys that look like they live with mom and dad in the basement. They live in the basement of mom and dads’ home."

He added, "I would never suggest this, but I’ll tell you — they’re so lucky that we’re peaceful."

Antifa is short for anti-fascists: The term is used to define a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left -- often the far left -- but do not conform with the Democratic Party platform. The group doesn't have an official leader or headquarters, although groups in certain states hold regular meetings.

Antifa positions can be hard to define, but many members support oppressed populations and protest the amassing of wealth by corporations and elites. Some employ radical or militant tactics to get their message across.

8:18 p.m. ET, September 21, 2018

Trump, promising Kavanaugh will be confirmed, describes him as central casting

From CNN's Betsy Klein

As Christine Blasey Ford decides whether to testify hours before the deadline, President Donald Trump touted his Supreme Court nominee, who he described as “central casting.”

During a lengthy diatribe against Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, Trump noted that the Democrat announced she would not vote for him.  

Brett Kavanaugh, he said, is a “fantastic man.”

“Fantastic man, fantastic man. She just announced she won’t vote for him… You talk about central casting… He was born for the United States Supreme Court, he was born for it.”

He suggested Kavanaugh’s confirmation will happen.

“It’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” he said.

McCaskill, he said, will “vote against everything we want.”

He added, “Claire McCaskill will never ever vote our way because she loves the swamp… There’s a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that too.”

As he continued to rail against the Missouri Democrat, he cited her RV tour while she was “actually flying in her luxurious private plane” and her vote against tax cuts.

And when referencing her vote on healthcare, he brought up John McCain – without naming him.

“We lost a certain vote but we lost all of the Democrats,” he said.

McCaskill represents “radical Democrats trying to take over,” he said.

7:58 p.m. ET, September 21, 2018

Trump thinks he's going to get a lot of media organizations to endorse him in 2020

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Donald Trump turned his attention to the media at his Friday night rally in Springfield, Missouri.

He suggested that in 2020, he will get endorsements from all the major news organizations, name-checking the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, NBC, and CBS.

"We expect endorsements from everybody," he said.

His reason? "Without us, they have nobody watching television. Nobody."

7:47 p.m. ET, September 21, 2018

NOW: Trump holds Missouri rally

President Trump is speaking in Springfield, Missouri, at a Make America Great Again rally. Watch it live in the video player above.

He kicked it off by talking about the economy -- "the best economy in our history" -- and hailed the stock market's "all-time high."

Our country is respected again, remember that. Respected again. Hello Missouri. I’m thrilled to be back in the American heartland, I love you people – thousands of hardworking patriots. This is an incredible time for our nation. We have the best economy in our history today. In fact, the stock market, which to me is jobs, the stock market hit an all-time high again. And that would mean that 101 days, we hit an all-time high in the stock market. And I don’t say me, I say we because it’s about we.