Waving American flags and wearing red caps, about 2,000 people gathered at Tropical Park Saturday morning to show their support for President Donald Trump.

Displaying signs like Eva Sanchez’s “Latinos Support Trump — Build the Wall & Close the Border,” the crowd cheered on Trump’s immigration policies, which call for building a wall on the southern border with Mexico and temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Sudan — from entering the country. (A federal appeals court panel unanimously rejected the ban last month; Trump is expected to issue a new one soon.)

The March4Trump rallies were held across the nation Saturday to show support for Trump, whose national disapproval ratings, hovering around 50 percent, are at historically high levels for a new president. In Palm Beach, where Trump is staying this weekend at his Mar-A-Lago estate, dueling rallies of pro- and anti-Trump supporters squared off with harsh words, the Palm Beach Post reported. A liberal women’s group, UltraViolet, planned to air a TV ad in Palm Beach highlighting Trump’s ratings.

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Trump was expected to have dinner Saturday evening at Mar-A-Lago with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others. Sessions recused himself on Thursday from a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, after the Washington Post reported that he testified under oath to a Senate committee that he “did not have communication with the Russians” during the presidential campaign, when, in fact, he met with the Russian ambassador twice during the campaign. Sessions has denied any wrongdoing and disputed assertions that he spoke with the Russian ambassador about the campaign.

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Trump won Florida, the largest swing state in the nation, by about 1 percentage point.

At Tropical Park, the crowd was clearly pro-Trump. They wore T-shirts saying “#SomosTrump” and “Mi presidente”

Trump deserves a chance. If he fails, we won’t support him.

Mauricio Garcia, Trump rally at Tropical Park

Some, like Mauricio Garcia, holding a sign, “Trump is not alone,” said Trump “deserves a chance.”

“If he fails, we won’t support him,” he said.

Others, like Coralin Parker, wearing a U.S. Navy Women’s Veteran visor, said she agreed with Trump’s immigration policies: “Being a vet, I know the immigration problem is very bad.”

Many also supported Trump’s call to repeal and replace Obamacare, although that effort has been stymied as Republicans disagree over how to finance a new healthcare plan. Additionally, as people worry they may lose their health insurance under a new plan — or pay more for it — support for Obamacare has been growing, polls show. In Florida, more than 1.6 million people signed up for Obamacare, more than any other state.

“He is going through his promises one by one,” said Carolina Serani, a business owner in Miami-Dade who says the cost of Obamacare plans is too high. “He is bringing our values back — talking about family values and America comes first.”

(PolitiFact is tracking Trump’s progress on 102 promises and has rated several In the Works, including his promises to build a wall and remove criminal undocumented immigrants.)

Groups organizing the rally included Latinas for Trump, Cubans4Trump, Tea Party Miami and Miami Dade Citizens 4 Trump.

At least person made it clear he opposed Trump.

South Miami Vice Mayor Bob Welsh held up a sign with six statements: “1. No jail for Hillary. 2. Mexico ain’t paying. 3. Good hombres R staying. 4. Obamacare’s YUGE. 5. Swamp billionaire. 6. Managers rise to their incompetence level.”

The rally lasted about three hours and trailed off as supporters headed to La Carreta on Bird Road, just west of Tropical Park.

As the Trump supporters sipped cafecitos one woman hoisted her sign: “Cubans for Trump.”


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