Recap: Donald Trump in Florida for rally

Donald Trump spoke at a rally for the first time as president of the United States.

Trump spoke from the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Florida on Saturday (Sunday, NZT).

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Signs are held aloft as the motorcade of U.S. President Donald Trump drives through West Palm Bech, Florida.
KEVIN LAMARQUE

Signs are held aloft as the motorcade of U.S. President Donald Trump drives through West Palm Bech, Florida.

Trump is trying to regain his footing following a series of crises that have threatened his young administration.

Trump may meet this weekend with potential candidates to replace his ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Trump's first choice to replace Flynn - retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward - turned down the offer.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump wants to "speak directly to people across this county in an unfiltered way, in a way that doesn't have any bias".

Big rowdy rallies were the hallmark of Trump's presidential campaign. He continued to do them, although with smaller crowds, throughout the early part of the transition, during what he called a "thank you" tour.

The event Saturday is being put on by Trump's campaign, rather than the White House. Asked if it was a rally for the 2020 election, Sanders called it "a campaign rally for America."

Trump himself promoted his appearance on Twitter on Friday: "Looking forward to the Florida rally tomorrow. Big crowd expected!"

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- Stuff, AP

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