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The Latest: Trump returns to hardline immigration talk

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The Associated Press

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s rally in Minnesota (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is returning to his hardline immigration rhetoric hours after signing an executive order that will halt his administration’s separation of migrant children from their parents after illegally crossing the border.

Trump is telling a rowdy crowd of supporters in Duluth, Minnesota, “We’re going to keep families together but the border’s going to be just as tough as it’s been.”

Trump is continuing to rail against Democrats, claiming they don’t care about the negative effects of illegal immigration.

And he’s once again threatening to cut aid money to countries for failing to do more to stop migrants from reaching the U.S. border, or making the issue part of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

Trump has been interrupted several times by protesters who have been led out without incident.

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7:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is accusing the media of not giving him enough credit for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he kicks off a rally in Duluth, Minnesota.

Trump says it’s good news that he and Kim met in Singapore and says, “Chairman Kim will turn that country into a great, successful country.”

He says North Korea has shipped back remains from 200 service members who were killed in the Korean War. And he says Kim is committed to denuclearization.

Trump is also offering a full-throated endorsement of GOP congressional candidate Pete Stauber.

Stauber praised Trump, telling him, “Mr. President, these people support you.”

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6:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump is talking up the economy as holds a pre-rally roundtable in Minnesota.

Trump is promoting his approach to trade as he meets with representatives from the mining industry and local leaders Wednesday at Duluth Cargo Connect. He says “billions” are “pouring into the Treasury” as a result.

He also addressed the executive order he signed earlier Wednesday that will stop the separation of families caught crossing the border illegally.

He says the U.S. has the “weakest” and “most pathetic immigration laws anywhere in the world.” But he says things have to be done with “compassion.”

Trump narrowly lost Minnesota in 2016 and jokes that he would have won if he had made just one more speech. He says he has no doubt he’ll win in 2020.

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