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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the "Make America Great Again Rally" at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Trump said Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson fought the media, too


After just four weeks in office, President Trump held a rally on Saturday at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport that was very reminiscent of one of his 2016 presidential campaign events. Alongside First Lady Melania Trump, the 45th commander-in-chief said he wanted to speak without the "filter of the fake news media."

He said that he wanted to share with the American people the progressions the administration has made thus far as well as its future plans.

"We will continue to win," he said.

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When speaking of the "dishonest media," Trump referred to past presidents, declaring that they had problems with the media as well.

"Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln -- many of our greatest presidents fought with the media and called them out, often times on their lies. When the media lies to the people, I will never let them get away with it. I will do whatever I can so they don't get away with it. They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda."

Trump--who ditched his traditional business attire for a tieless, relaxed look-- spoke of a wide range of issues, including the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, which he said he would be submitting "a great health care plan in the next few weeks."

He also reiterated some of his past campaign promises, like the of lowering taxes, the manufacturing of more American-made products, and the lifting of regulations and restrictions on oil. Continuing, Trump said he would seek "tremendous trade deals" and bilateral policies. 

The event, which took place at an airport hangar, echoed Trump's behavior on the campaign trail. He denounced the media and predicted that "not one network" would show the massive crowd. Then, he shifted the conversation to topics like rebuilding the military and veterans issues.

Trump then invited a man--later identified as Gene Huber-- onto the stage with him, who allegedly had been at the event's site since 4am. 

"A star is born," the president said after the man shared brief remarks.

President Trump said Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson fought the media, too

WATCH | Trump invites a supporter onstage 

Chants of "USA! USA!" and "Drain that swamp!" reverberated throughout the hangar as Trump spoke. 

He also took some time to comment on his immigration ban, which was halted after making its way through the judicial system.

Melania Trump, flaunting a shade of red similar to Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" hat, led a prayer followed by brief remarks. She said she would "stay true to herself" as the first lady and expressed her commitment to issues that have impact on women and children around the world.

"I will always stay true to myself, and be truthful to you no matter what the opposition is saying about me. I will act in the best interests of all of you."

President Trump said Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson fought the media, too

WATCH | Nearby, thousands of protesters welcomed Trump to Melbourne.

When asked about the event on Wednesday, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer described it as a "campaign event" and said it is "being run by the campaign."

Trump's remarks follow a similar event held on Friday in which the 45th commander-in-chief spoke about American job growth at a Boeing plant in South Carolina.

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