President Donald Trump Saturday marked his 100th day as the nation's commander-in-chief by telling supporters in Pennsylvania that "my administration has been delivering every single day for the great citizens of our country."
"We are keeping one promise after another and, frankly, the people are really happy about it," Trump told a rally at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. "They see what's happening.
"We are not going to let other countries take advantage of us anymore, because it's going to be America first."
Pennsylvania was among four critical swing states – along with Florida, Ohio and Michigan – that Trump won in November.
"It is truly great to be back in the wonderful, beautiful state of Pennsylvania," Trump told the cheering crowd. "I love this state – and I love the people of this state.
"It's special and it carried us to a big, beautiful victory on Nov. 8."
Trump's rally fell on the same night as the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, the annual "nerd prom" that traditionally features the president as the keynote speaker.
He said in February that he would not attend this year's dinner, though Trump asked organizers to "please wish everyone well and have a great evening."
Others who have not attended were Richard Nixon in 1972, Jimmy Carter in 1978 – and Ronald Reagan, who missed the event in 1981 after his assassination attempt by John Hinckley.
"As you may know, there's another big gathering taking place tonight in Washington," Trump said as the crowd booed. "A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation's capital.
"They are gathered together for the White House Correspondents' Dinner without the president," he continued. "I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from the Washington swamp – spending my evening with all of you."
He also slammed such news outlets as The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC for their "fake news" coverage of his administration – hinting that he may possibly not attend the dinner next year.
"We have a good chance of showing up here again next year, too."
In a speech lasting nearly an hour, President Trump laid out his accomplishments – occasionally jabbing the press for not fairly covering them – and even discussed how the realities of governing have caused him to rethink some his campaign promises.
"I've been a big critic of China – and I've been talking about currency manipulation for a long time," Trump began. "But China is helping us possibly, or probably, with the North Korean situation, which is a great thing."
He referenced his meeting earlier this month with Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling him "a good man.
"I honestly believe that it is not an easy situation for China, but we have somebody there who is causing a lot of trouble for the world," he added, referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. "We have China, who is really trying to help us."
He noted the same realization on NAFTA, which he vowed to renegotiate or withdraw from should the United States not obtain better terms.
"Two people that I like very much, the president of Mexico [Enrique Peña Nieto] and the prime minister of Canada [Justin Trudeau] – they called up," Trump said.
"They said, 'Could we renegotiate?' Yes, we can renegotiate.
"We'll start a renegotiation – and, hopefully, it will be fair for everybody."
Trump also said that he would decide within two weeks on whether the U.S. would remain in the Paris climate accord.
The speech was interrupted by protesters – and their calls were drowned out by supporters chanting "USA!"
"Get 'em out," Trump said as the demonstrators were removed by local police.
Trump then cited a bevy of other achievements – from nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to signing executive orders to roll back many Obama administration directives and regulations.
He restated his pledges to destroy the Islamic State, to repeal and replace Obamacare, to rebuild the nation’s military and to build the wall along the U.S. border with Mexico to stop illegal immigration.
"We'll have the wall," the president said. "Don't worry about it.
"We need the wall to stop the drugs and the human trafficking.
"We need the wall – and we will build the wall as sure as you are standing there tonight."
President Trump then reinforced his position on illegal immigration by reading the lyrics of the 1963 song "The Snake" – as he had done at many campaign rallies.
The song, recorded five years later by soul singer Al Wilson, was written by jazz singer and poet Oscar Brown Jr.
"Does anybody want to hear it again?" Trump asked. The crowd roared with affirmation.
He dedicated the song to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, along with the nation's immigration officers and Border Patrol agents "for doing such an incredible job."
In addition, Trump ripped the Obama administration for giving "us a mess" – bashed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York as "a bad leader" – and called on House Republicans to support legislation to end the Affordable Care Act.
"We're going to give Americans the freedom to purchase the healthcare plans they want, not the healthcare forced on them by the government," Trump said.
"I'll be so angry at all of our congressmen in this room if we don't get that damn thing passed quickly," he added. "They'll get it done."
Trump closed out his 100-days speech by pledging that "cities small and large will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity.
"America's children will be taught to love their country and take pride in our great American flag.
"Other countries, and you see that happening, will finally treat America and our citizens with the respect that our country and our citizens deserve.
"It's time for all of us to remember that we are one people with one great American destiny and that – whether we are black or brown or white – we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.
"We all share the same glorious freedoms of our magnificent country. We are all made by the same almighty God.
"As long as we remember these truths," Trump said, "we will not fail.
"We will never fail."
Trump was introduced by Vice President Mike Pence, who said that "across the board, our new president is doing exactly what he said he would do.
"It's driving all them a little bit crazy.
"In just 100 days, President Trump has turned America around – and he's just getting started."
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