President Trump briefly talks water crisis in first trip to the state as a Floridian

Reporter: Morgan Rynor
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President Trump arrives for a “Keep America Great” campaign rally at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. MANDEL NGAN / GETTY VIA CBS NEWS

President Donald Trump addressed a topic on the minds of many in Southwest Florida – our water quality crisis.

The ‘Keep America Great’ rally was billed as a homecoming rally since it’s his first time in Florida since making the state his official place of residence.

In his 90 minute speech, he spoke about the environment for less than 90 seconds.

“We are strongly protecting our environment because we want America to have the cleanest air and the cleanest water anywhere on earth,” Trump said. “We restored the ecosystem in the Florida Everglades. It’s been incredible.”

Actually, the president earmarked federal funding to help restore the Everglades. He then turned toward Florida’s water crisis of 2018, and the red tide blooms we are dealing with again right now.

He said he knows what we’re going through and is doing what he can to help.

“I also signed legislation authorizing a hundred million dollars to fight red tide and other toxic algae,” Trump said. Renewing his pledge to keep his newly adopted state beautiful.

The president used most of his speech to criticize Democrats and the impeachment hearings.

He even told a story of how people wondered whether he had a heart attack because he went to the doctor while not wearing a tie.

This was President Trump’s first trip back to Florida since making his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach his permanent residence. He said, “I will join voters in the great Sunshine State – my home.”

Something the 20 thousand supporters who filled the BB&T Center couldn’t be more excited about.

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