An employee of President Donald Trump blocks a camera as a photojournalist tries to take a photo of a demonstrator during an election campaign August 30 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana (1964-19008) Trump visited the state to order Advertise by Braun to appease Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) in one of the most closely watched races this fall.
On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted his support for Braun, whom he called "a very successful businessman." At the rally, Trump called Braun on stage and told the crowd that "a vote for Mike Brown is a vote – Have you ever heard this before? – Make America great again. "
Braun returned the favor, declaring that no one on the Republican debating stage in 2016 could beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton but Trump.
"That man makes promises and holds them," Brown told Trump as the crowd shouted back to his mention of Clinton, saying, "Shut them down! Shut them off!"
In the stadium next to the With "Promises Made" and "Promises Keept" signs on both sides of the podium, Trump attacked the Democrats as weak in immigration policy and touched on his favorite "The Fake News" campaign, which, he said, is 85 percent media outlets – according to his estimate of 80 percent last week.
"If you get good reviews, you can say anything," says Trump, in particular taking out NBC, which he said is "probably worse than CNN."
He noted the gossamer Senate majority of the Republicans and told the crowd that this November, "They vote not only for a candidate, they choose which party controls Congress."
"If someone has a cold, we do not more the majority, we need republicans in Congress, "said Trump.
The visit to Indiana came during a week of upheaval for Trump and amid increasing legal problems. On Wednesday, Trump announced that Donald McGahn will resign this fall as White House Advisor, plunging the president's legal team into further turmoil. With a democratic takeover of the House of Representatives in November is a real possibility, some in Trump's inner circle are concerned that the President is unprepared for a rush of Congressional investigations, including potential impeachment.
Trump has also recently taken up the idea of dismissing General Jeff Sessions and has dramatically tightened his attacks on him because he has withdrawn from the exploratory investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 campaign.
At the Thursday rally, where he spoke for more than an hour, Trump renewed his attacks on the Department of Justice and the FBI, telling the crowd that they "must start doing their job and get it right and Do it now because people are angry. "
"At some point, if it's not clear I'll get involved, and if I have to, I'll come in there," Trump said. "Despicable."
Both Trump and Brown are targeting Donnelly, who the President said, "will not vote for us in any way."
In an allusion to Trump's popularity in the state, Donnelly's campaign responded in a statement that the Indiana Democrat voted "62% of the time with President Trump."
"We are always happy to have President Trump in Indiana, but Hoosiers still wants a senator who always puts her first in front of a politician or a political party," said Donnelly. Trump won Indiana by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.
Trump spent a few minutes at the rally, praising former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight and also mentioning Tiger Woods, whom he had greeted earlier this week on Twitter for answering a reporter's question about Trump, calling for respect for the post the president calls.
"Tiger, did you see the fake news attempted to fake Tiger, they did not do it well," Trump said. "Tiger is sharp."
One name that Trump did not mention during the rally was Senator John McCain, the late Arizona Senator and decorated prisoner of war of the Vietnam War, with whom he frequently collided on issues of foreign affairs, immigration, and other issues. McCain died on Saturday at the age of 81 years of brain tumor.
After McCain's death, Trump had triggered criticism with a first tweet in which he mentioned neither the Senate service in the military nor on Capitol Hill and rejected the advice of top adjutants he advocated the publication of an official statement that McCain for his military – and senate service praised and called him a "hero".
The president was rushed back to full-time position by the legislators of both parties and the American Legion after the flag over the White House was rushed back early Monday. Hours later, Trump abruptly changed course and reluctantly issued a proclamation in honor of McCain, demanding that the flags be flown to the Senate burial of half-sons.
Asked by Bloomberg News on Thursday if he believes he made a mistake on his first response To McCain's death, Trump said, "No, I do not think so."
He added that White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders had "a nervous breakdown" over his response.
Despite Trump's legal and protocol-related woes this week, the scouts' enthusiasm for the president remained undiminished.
"People seeing him tonight will be so excited here," said Randal Thom, an independent dog breeder who drove nearly 900 miles from Lakefield, Minnesota. "He just has such a presence."
Thom, 58, waving Trump's face on an American flag that he had brought to the last 12 rallies he participated in  Jan E Stinson of Newburgh, Indiana, described himself as a glowing Trump supporter and youngest members of the QAnon conspiracy theory. She supported McCain during his presidential run in 2008, but said she had been disappointed with the Republican party in Arizona in recent years.
"He has sold out the American public health service," she said, visibly annoyed as she recalled McCain's firm vote against lifting the Affordable Care Act. "He contradicted everything I stand for."
She described Trump as a "fresh wind" she praised for improving the economy, streamlining the borders, and supporting the Christians.
Sonmez reported from Washington. Tony Romm contributed to this report.