Republicans and the midterms
The president attended Monday's event with Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate. Absent was Ron DeSantis, the Republican gubernatorial candidate. Trump backed DeSantis during the primary, but some have questioned whether DeSantis is still in Trump's good graces after the congressman said he disagreed with the president's statement on the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
"Ron DeSantis is a winner. He's been with me the whole way," Trump said.
The president added his team is finalizing plans for a campaign rally for DeSantis before the Nov. 6 election, although no date has been set.
"It will be a big rally and Ron deserves it. He is a hard worker, he is a great congressman," Trump said.
Perhaps making this easier is the president's poll numbers, which have improved lately.
"Everyone wants my endorsement. They all want my endorsement," Trump said.
Democrats and the midterms
While talking about DeSantis, the president also brought up his opponent, Democrat Andrew Gillum. Trump slammed Gillum in vague terms, using neither Gillum's name nor the city in which he is mayor.
"[DeSantis'] opponent runs a place that has a lot of problems and I know it very well, but it's got a lot of problems, tremendous corruption, tremendous crime," Trump said.
The president brought up Gillum again a moment later, speaking again without using the words "Gillum" or "Tallahassee."
"[DeSantis'] opponent runs an area and a city that's got among the worst statistics in the country and certainly in the state," Trump said. "If his [DeSantis'] opponent gets elected, you'll have Venezuela -- Florida will become another Venezuela, and that is not good."
Gillum responded to Trump's remarks Monday morning on Twitter.
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Trump's second home
"The state of Florida is essentially my home. I'm here all the time and I love it," Trump said. "I spend a lot of time in Miami. We have a lot of people in Florida that I've been -- in my previous life -- that are with us all the way, and it's a great state, we love Florida."