President Donald Trump fired up thousands of supporters in downtown Nashville Wednesday evening. The nation’s 45th president touched on a host of issues, including two dominating the headlines this week – health care and his travel ban.
“A judge has just blocked our executive order on travel and refugees coming into our country from certain countries,” said President Trump.
At several moments in that 40 minute, President Trump turned in this crowd into a frenzy, especially when he responded to the travel ban decision, news he broke to many in the audience.
“So I’m thrilled to be here in Nashville, Tennessee.” After the local pleasantries, President Trump wasted little time lashing out, after a federal judge block his proposed travel ban for the second time in as many months. “This is the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach.”
The president said his administration will challenge the latest challenge to the travel ban, and eventually come out on top.
“We are going to fight this terrible ruling, we are going to take this case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme court.”
At the end of the rally, the President promised to build a consensus in congress to pass proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, an issue on the minds of many across Tennessee and the nation.
“If we leave Obamacare in place, millions and millions of people will be forced off their plans and your senators just told me that in your state you are practically down to no insurers, you are going to have nobody,” said Trump.
President Trump’s vision was welcome news to some Mid-South women, who drove four hours to hear his vision and prescription to overhaul health care.
“I believe he is also going to listen to the other parts of the Republican Party that are not for the plan that’s on the table and he’s going to tweak,” said Jackie Fields of Nesbit, Mississippi.
A demonstrator briefly delayed the President’s remarks, and was quickly heckled by Trump supporters. Outside the building, hundreds of demonstrators participated in different protests.
Earlier in the afternoon, he visited The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson, and laid a wreath at Jackson’s tomb.
(NEWS RELEASE FROM THE HERMITAGE)
President Donald J. Trump commemorated Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday at the seventh president’s Nashville residence, The Hermitage, on Wednesday afternoon as part of his first official visit to Tennessee.
Tennessee legislators and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry attended the private ceremony with around 350 guests. During his visit, Trump laid a wreath at Jackson’s tomb, took a brief tour of the site and delivered remarks from the front porch of Jackson’s home.
“Andrew Jackson was a military hero and genius and a beloved president,” Trump said. “But he was also a flawed and imperfect man, a product of his time. It is the duty of each generation to carry on the fight for justice.
“We must all remember Jackson’s words that in the planter, the farmer, the mechanic and the laborer we will find the muscle and bone of our country.”
Trump is the 14th president to visit the home of Andrew Jackson, and the first since Ronald Reagan participated in the birthday commemoration ceremony in 1982, 35 years ago.
“We are honored that the president of the United States visited The Hermitage to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Andrew Jackson’s birth,” said Howard J. Kittell, president and CEO of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. “The president has an interest in Andrew Jackson, and we are humbled by his request to join us for this historical event.”
The Hermitage, closed to the public for the ceremony, will reopen Thursday with half-price admission and the launch of a 12-month series of programs to commemorate Jackson’s 250th birthday, including the premiere of the new introductory film “Jackson” about the seventh president’s life.
For the rest of the week, birthday activities at Jackson’s residence will include a Tennessee National Guard concert, hickory pole racing, and chocolate sampling, along with a campfire tour and birthday cake.
To see the full lineup of Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday celebration events and to purchase tickets, visit http://thehermitage.com/andrew-jacksons-250th-birthday-celebration/.