In Iowa, Trump Rallies Base, Celebrates GOP Resilience

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump is back from a raucous Midwestern rally with his loyal supporters — the kind of event he relished before winning the White House.

Trump touched down Wednesday evening in rainy Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and headed to a local community college, where he got a look at agriculture technology innovations before leading a campaign-style rally.

The event underscored Trump’s comfort in a campaign setting. He laughed off the occasional heckler, repeated riffs from last year’s rallies and appeared far more at ease when going after Democrats in front of adoring crowds than trying to push through his own legislative agenda from the confines of the White House.

Statement from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds after Trump’s visit to Kirkwood Community College:

“I am grateful for President Trump’s efforts to break down barriers and make our state’s agriculture industry more efficient, profitable, sustainable and safe,” Gov. Reynolds said. “He understands the important role technology plays in that mission and is committed to helping innovation thrive.

“On our visit to Kirkwood Community College, President Trump and I saw the high-tech equipment used in the school’s precision agriculture program,” Gov. Reynolds continued. “Precision agriculture optimizes yields while conserving resources. Each advance made in technology is another step in the right direction for both farmers and the environment.

“I’m also encouraged by the president’s commitment to rural Internet connectivity,” Gov. Reynolds said. “So much of the technology farmers rely on requires broadband access. When availability is limited, farmers are limited too. President Trump is working with Congress to best address that challenge.

“Ambassador Branstad also understands how crucial both technology and increased trade are for the agriculture sector. The president used this evening to express what many of us feel—confidence in the good job our former governor will do promoting both our diplomatic and economic relationship in China,” Gov. Reynolds concluded.

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