President Donald Trump dismissed Republican critics in Montana on Saturday who urged him to just sit back and campaign on the booming economy during the midterm election.
“Well, you can only say so many times that we just created 250,000 jobs last month, right?” he told the campaign rally crowd.
The president gave voters a window into his campaign strategy, shunning the traditional Republican midterm playbook of simply resting on their laurels during election season.
For Trump, it is all about energizing the crowd. The president always talks about the unbelievably good economic numbers in his first two years as president but realizes that the audience wants more.
“I can only go for four or five minutes with that stuff,” Trump said about the great economic news. “And then the crowd says, ‘We love you,’ and they start dwindling off.”
Trump expressed the importance of keeping his supporters engaged in current problems, not just the promises kept.
“What I do is talk about some of the problems that we have,” he said, referring to the problem of illegal immigration and the border crisis.
The president has continued to campaign on the importance of stopping illegal immigration and strengthening the border, an issue that makes some establishment Republicans nervous.
“The networks, they criticize me by saying, ‘Why doesn’t he talk about the great economy?’ And I just did,” Trump said. “But now, we talk about problems that we want to fix.”