Trump Calls for 'New Unity' in Nevada Speech After Divisive Rally

Lawrence Kim
August 24, 2017

Veterans now could wait five years or more to resolve their disability appeals.

The changes would apply nearly entirely to newly filed appeals, not the existing backlog.

President Trump also threatened Congress to pass funding for his border wall and spelled out the consequences if it failed.

And he mentioned Republican Sen. Dean Heller as he kicked off a speech at the American Legion's national convention Wednesday. "We must ask ourselves who we are, what we stand for and what together we can achieve", Trump said. "Someplace, or will shortly be here" and thanked the senator for attending.

That, as well as his reiteration days later that "both sides" were to blame for the violence that led to the death of Heather Heyer and two state troopers, led Democrats and many Republicans to denounce Trump for not unmistakably calling out white supremacists and other hate groups. Jeff Flake and John McCain in Phoenix.

Trump will likely talk about his plans to support veterans. While the nation was still wrestling with the aftermath of a deadly race-fueled rally in Charlottesville on August 12, Trump exhibited a conciliatory tone as he called upon the nation to follow in service members' footsteps and learn how to practice unity.

Trump was scheduled to speak at 11 a.m.at the American Legion's annual convention in Reno. Trump said that those in uniform came from "different backgrounds" and "all different walks of life".

In his campaign rally, Trump reread his comments on the Charlottesville remarks, but omitted the words "many sides".

Trump flew in Wednesday morning to Reno to address the American Legion's national convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Within a 24-hour span, President Donald Trump delivered one speech in which he tore into the media and members of his own party, and a second in which he called for national unity and love.

Look for Trump to say: "We are one people, with one home, and one flag". He used it to push back against media coverage of his response to the violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists. A Trump opponent hoisted a sign depicting the president with horns. But he added that he was "not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!"

The president woke up in Arizona the day after a campaign rally in Phoenix.

Trump's rally on Tuesday also opened with calls for unity and an assertion that "our movement is about love", but quickly erupted in anger.

The president acknowledged his advisers had urged him to stay on message, and that he simply could not. After whipping up the crowd about Arpaio, he said he wanted to avoid "controversy" by not speaking about the pardon, but added: "I'll make a prediction: I think he's going to be just fine".

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