Riot police are standing guard outside the Phoenix Convention Center where Trump just spoke.
President Donald Trump spent a majority of his speech lashing out at the media for its portrayal of his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump took a few minutes to re-read his statements he delivered following the white nationalist rally, but omitted the statement where he blamed “both sides” for the violence.
In addition to hinting that he will grant a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Trump threatened to shut down the government unless Congress provides funding for his proposed border wall.
He also took the opportunity to subtly call out Arizona Republican Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, who have both been critical of Trump.
“I have a message for Congress tonight,” Trump said. “You need to represent [voters] on the border, on taxes, on health care, and on every other issue that affects their lives.”
Trump said he wouldn’t name the Senators but subtly criticized McCain for his “no” vote on the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare and implied that Flake was weak on crime and border security.
Trump also said the Senate should get rid of the legislative filibuster.