U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday basked in the cheers of his supporters in the rural heartland of America.
At a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Trump told the crowd of admirers, "It’s always terrific to be able to leave that Washington swamp and be able to spend time with the truly hardworking people. We call them American patriots.”
Trump spoke for more than an hour on the his first five months in the White House, and of achievements he said the "fake news," his derisive term for the mainstream U.S. news media, had largely ignored.
He praised his supporters and ignored occasional hecklers in the crowd, saying, "We have the hardest working, the smartest people, the toughest people."
Great night in Iowa - special people. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
Trump's Cabinet includes numerous wealthy individuals and he defended his choice of two of them, top economic adviser Gary Cohn and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
"In those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person," Trump said.
It was Trump's fifth campaign-style rally since taking office, all in states he won on his path to a four-year term as the U.S. leader. Trump has already declared he will run for re-election in 2020.