President Trump is in Florida for a campaign-style rally
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 7:06
"Look at this guy", he said.
Mr Trump picked Gene Huber out of the crowd in Melbourne, Florida, and invited him to clamber onstage and address the 9,000-strong audience. He liked Trump's stances on trade and strengthening the military and the way the part-time Palm Beach resident "speaks from the heart".
Huber grew up in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. and said he worked for the U.S. Post Office between 2014 and 2015.
Thousands of supporters packed an airport hangar to hear the president, with Trump telling his crowd that "I want to be among my friends and among the people".
First Lady Melania Trump, who has made very few public appearances since her husband was inaugurated last month, led the crowd with the Lord's Prayer, followed by a few words.
"I saw this man on television just now - you", Trump said, pointing to Huber. I'm not anxious about him.
Trump's attacks on the media came a day after the president on Twitter called the "fake" news media "the enemy of the American people". Typically, a president's travel is paid for by taxpayers, even on trips that take the form of a barnstorming tour in support of the administration's agenda.
"Thank you", he said.
"We the people, our movement, is the reason why our president is standing here today", Huber said. "If you were a bad student in high school, you can understand it", Trump said, talking about the original ban.
After hugging Mr Trump, Mr Huber took the microphone and spoke to those gathered in the airplane hanger where the rally took place.
Mr. Trump also promised to deliver great schools, high paying jobs and a better health care system, adding that he would unveil a health care plan in a couple weeks.
Huber also did a Saturday night interview on the more Trump-friendly Fox News with Brian Kilmeade, then was driven by the network from Melbourne to a studio in Orlando Sunday for a 7 a.m. appearance on "Fox & Friends". The supporter had already been spotted in media appearances when the president recognized him and called him on stage in a move that could have been a potential Secret Service disaster.
"But, despite all their lies, misrepresentations and false stories, they could not defeat us in the primaries, and they could not defeat us in the general election", Trump said.
Huber continued in his interview: 'It was a moment of my life I will never ever forget what just happened to me.