The comment came as Trump waded into Florida Republican politics, picking sides as he embraced U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in a competitive primary for governor and backed the Senate campaign of his longtime ally, Gov. Rick Scott.
"I want to thank our farmers".
Mr. Trump is holding a rally in Tampa on Tuesday in a show of force for Rep. Ron DeSantis, who faces off against state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the state's August 28 GOP primary. Mr. Trump endorsed DeSantis as governor even before formally announcing his bid, calling the congressman "a brilliant young leader".
However, the $400,000 figure was just the cost of security upgrades and a US Embassy plaque ahead of a ceremonial opening in May. "They will do anything they can to not help the Trump agenda".
Scott, faces a much tighter race, and skipped the Trump rally instead attending a fundraiser.
DeSantis will be joined by President Trump Tuesday night as he continues his effort to secure the Republican nomination.
But Florida also offers something of a microcosm for how the Republican Party is handling its controversial leader. "Build the wall!" He sprinkled in false claims (people need an ID to buy groceries he said at one point), plugged his hotel in Washington, and even mentioned "Crooked Hillary". But officials say Trump has reassured staff in private that he will not provoke a fiscal crisis before the November election, when the GOP hopes to retain its majority.
"In Tampa today, we met with multiple people who have been supporter of Putnam who now know the race was over", said a GOP consultant affiliated with the DeSantis campaign. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida GOP candidate teaches child to "build the wall" with blocks in new ad Should Dems play up Russian Federation in midterms?
Finally, Casey DeSantis explains, her husband is teaching infant daughter Madison how to talk. "But we'll see what happens".
Two House candidates he backed - Katie Arrington in SC and Rep. Martha Roby in a runoff for her seat in Alabama - both won.
In the latest polling numbers, Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy found that 41 percent of Florida Republicans support DeSantis, while Putnam had 21 percent. You can only register as many as two tickets per phone number. The real estate mogul and part-time Florida resident was a frequent visitor to Tampa Bay during the 2016 presidential campaign. Bush had dropped out by the time the Florida primary took place, and Trump won the state with 46% support to Rubio's second-place 27% showing.