Trump stumped for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone, who faces a special election on Tuesday, but he also talked about his own 2020 re-election bid during a meandering speech that lasted more than an hour. But Trump risked another embarrassing defeat after backing Republican Roy Moore in last December's Alabama Senate election, only to watch Moore lose a seat his party had held since 1997.
Meanwhile, Saccone is running as close to Trump as possible.
Mr Trump vowed to fight any retaliatory trade measures by, for example, slapping taxes on imported European cars. But he also opposes sweeping gun restrictions, endorses Trump's new steel tariffs, and avoids attacking the president. He campaigned with Lamb Thursday. Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District has an estimated 17,000 steelworkers and nearly 90,000 voters from union households. "Conor's been a great candidate and candidates matter, but this does indicate that we can be competitive in states and districts that maybe a year ago or 18 months ago we'd never considered". "That means if we catch a drug dealer, death penalty, '" Trump said.
Trump is not a fan of the congressional hopeful and privately disparaged Saccone as a bad candidate, calling him "weak", according to a report last night by Axios. Trump said he was not sure if the USA was ready to impose the death penalty on such offenders, but he said it should be part of a discussion. But these people are killing our kids and they're killing our families, and we have to do something. "I think it's a discussion we have to start thinking about don't you agree?"
"Trump's message works well in the vast majority of Republican districts, less so in suburban districts that lean Republican", said Republican strategist John Feehery. But by the next day, the coverage had turned.
Trump's first mention of Kim was met with boos and jeers from the crowd, but Trump told them that that they had to be "nice". U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Trump needs a primary challenge.
At one point, he even appeared to take credit for the recent Olympic Games held in South Korea. "There's no one that I would rather have in my corner that President Trump. You know, we don't have a big margin".More news: Trump praises drug-dealer death penalty at political rally
"It's little hard to sell tickets when you think you're going to be nuked", he said.
Saccone has tried at times to make the race about experience, touting his four decades in the public and private sector, from an Air Force career and stint in North Korea to his current job as a college professor. And there was a nice unity. "I just don't understand that people say we shouldn't put lobsters into hot, boiling water. but we can kill babies".
The White House also recognizes the threat of losing a seat Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) won easily for years until an embarrassing sex scandal forced him from office. His new slogan will be "Keep America great!" with an exclamation point.
He also said he hoped Oprah Winfrey runs for president because he knows her "weakness".
"I'd love to beat Oprah".
"I was really down after the presidential election, but Conor has me totally enthusiastic again", said Patricia Bancroft, 62, as she took a break from working the phones at Lamb's Allegheny County field office Monday afternoon.