"You may have heard that I was invited to another event tonight – the White House dinner," Trump said, "but I'd rather be in Washington, Michigan than Washington, DC. I can tell you . "
This is the second year in a row that the President has skipped the annual dinner in favor of the rally with his followers.
In the first few minutes of the rally, Trump challenged the crowd to "elect more Republicans to protect our cities, defend our borders, expand our economies, and continue to make America great."
Trump also targeted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Sens. Jon Montana and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, who are running for reelection this year.
"Democrats do not care about our military, they do not, and they are not interested in our borders, and I do not think they care about crimes," Trump said. "Nancy Pelosi and her gang ̵
Trump continued, "Stabenow wants people to come in. You just have to put them back, and again and again, it's your fault, so you've got to come to the polls."
Trump picked testers because he had concerns about the now-retired candidate for Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The White House doctor, Ronny Jackson, faced a series of allegations, including "insulting" his colleagues, loosely handling prescription drugs, and being regularly poisoned , Jackson, who took his name out of the race for the position on Thursday, has denied the allegations.