WASHINGTON (AP) - Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years because of the absence of the president of the United States.
Trump also said he is willing to use the trade issue as leverage to get China's help with North Korea.
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Hours before, culminating a flurry of executive orders, he signed two directing a review of NAFTA and other free trade agreements, and creating a permanent trade policy office at the White House headed by Peter Navarro, his main advisor on trade who blames China for leaching away American manufacturing jobs.
Instead, in Harrisburg Mr Trump opened his rally with a broadside against the media.
It's no secret that President Donald Trump distrusts the mainstream media.
But the president began the rally on a sour note, pointing out that he was not attending that night's White House Correspondents' Association dinner and criticizing the news media.
At the inaugural ball later in the day, President Trump was photographed with the First Lady, Melania, his daughter Ivanka and husband, Jared Kushner, Vice President Mike Pence and wife, Karen.
Trump's rally Saturday is taking place in a state that no Republican had won in a general election since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
"I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles from the Washington swamp spending my evening with all of you", he said.
I've also been pleased to see some of the efforts that have come directly from the White House.
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"Make no mistake: We are just beginning in our fight to make America great again", Trump told a raucous crowd at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, many wearing his signature red "Make America Great Again" hats.
She said she was especially disappointed by federal judges who blocked Trump's ban on travel from several majority-Muslim countries.
"You know, one of the things we say in the south if a Girl Scout egged your house, would you buy cookies from her?"
In his first 100 days, he's signed 28 bills into laws, 29 executive orders, met with 16 foreign leaders, and held 9 news conferences including one where he refused German Chancellor Angela Merkel a handshake. "Don't even worry about it - go home, go to sleep, rest assured", he told the crowd, "we're going to build that wall", though he has not yet secured funding for it.
Trump has called the media "fake" and "dishonest" and even "the enemy of the people".
"Support among those who voted for him remains much as it has been".
His bare-bones tax plan, hastily unveiled this week in the hope of burnishing his first 100 days with a success story, has been savaged as a multi-billion-dollar giveaway to the wealthy that will send the national debt soaring.
But no matter where he was, the spotlight was on Trump on Saturday since the day also marked a significant milestone in the career of a president.
Papenfuse spoke at a rally organized by the state Democratic Party across the street from the evening Trump event. Thousands of marchers made their way through Washington's streets during the People's Climate March, a protest against Trump's moves to roll back environmental regulations.
"This was the most divisive speech I have ever heard from a sitting American president", Gergen said.