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He railed against Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan and the chaotic Kabul airlift.

In front of thousands of supporters in Iowa, he claimed he told Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Milley that it was a terrible idea when he was president.

'they 've all got to go,' he said.

His visit to Iowa, with its place at the start of the nominating calendar, is the latest piece in a will-he, won't-he dance as the former president teases a 2024 run.

amid all the talk of 2024, the moment was a reminder the rally was a chance for trump to rally support ahead of next year's midterms.

He made clear it was the right kind of Republicans he wanted to boost, 'America First' Republicans.

His visit came as lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6 violence at the US Capitol building tighten their focus on Trump and his top aides.

'Congressional Republicans must stay strong. This isn't the time for Republicans to fold, to walk away, to quit, to be afraid,' Trump told his fans in Des Moines, Iowa

on friday, the former president said he would do everything possible to shield his presidential records from the investigation, setting up a potential legal battle after the white house said he had no right to claim 'executive privilege.

And it follows new books picking over the Trump presidency with a stream of embarrassing headlines.

Saturday brought a chance for the former president to adopt the role of entertainer in front of his fans in Iowa.

The state is a key place for anyone considering a 2024 run.

Crowds browsed dozens of stalls selling Trump merchandise - from T-shirts, pins and koozies to knives - before the gates to the event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds opened on Saturday

Its status as the first caucus allows can allow candidates to catapult themselves into contention with a strong ground game.

Insiders say it holds particular importance for Trump.

He was the first Republican to win the state since George W. Bush in 2004- despite losing the caucus to Sen. Ted Cruz.

The latest polling suggests he has grown in popularity since leaving office.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump applauds after his speech during a rally at the Iowa States Fairgrounds on Saturday

The latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows 53 percent of Iowans have a favourable viewing of the former president, giving him his highest ever rating.

He got a warm welcome from Sen. Chuck Grassley who touted Trump's record as one of promises made and promises kept.

'President Trump ran on a platform of tax cuts, and he delivered the biggest tax cut in the history of the country,' he said to roars of approval.

'President Trump ran on a platform of criminal justice reform, and he signed the criminal justice reform that I sponsored.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was among the speakers after recently announcing that he planned to run for an eighth term in next year's midterms

'Iowa is absolutely critical to our efforts to take back the House and Senate in 2022, and then the White House in 2024,' he said in a fundraising message to supporters this week.

But it also gave him a chance to put on a show for his supporters with attacks on his favorite targets.

'They had no idea who is getting on those planes.

we still don't have any idea,' he said.

One man with a cowboy hat saying 'Trump: Keep America Great' was seen at the rally in Iowa on Saturday night

'Only three percent were qualified to be taken to a place called the United States of America, is that something?

"you 're going to be hearing from those people over the coming years in a very bad way. '

He dismissed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a 'nut job' and called on his supporters to sweep Democrats from Congress.

'Practically every single Democrat lawmaker in the House and Senate has endorsed deranged legislation.

Thousands of people waited all day for Trump to appear a little before 8pm local time

And that's why every single one of them has to be voted out of office,' he said.

Trump has not announced a second run for the White House.

Trump also continues to attack his own party establishment.

The crowd chanted : "Trump won!

Thousands of people crowded around to listen to Trump speak at the rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday

Many of the attendees were also wearing t-shirts and baseball caps that said 'Trump won '.

Neither Grassley nor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa governor who also stood with Trump, mentioned his lies about voter fraud.

It's good."

Former president Donald Trump raged about the election results at a rally in Des Moines on Saturday night, as many people in the crowd seemed to side with the president throughout his unfounded gripes and complaints about the election being stolen and rigged.

Trump was making his first visit to Iowa since last year's election campaign. It is a key state for anyone planning launching a run for the White House

Remember this is not about me being robbed of an election.

this is about the american people having their country taken away from them. '

The former president specifically cited an audit by private contractor Cyber Ninjas, which only furthered President Joe Biden's lead in Maricopa County.

"Grassley, I'm not a real big fan of his," she said, adding she didn ’ t like that he recently voted for a bipartisan infrastructure package that passed the Senate.

Crowds browsed dozens of stalls selling Trump merchandise - from T-shirts, pins and koozies to knives - before the gates to the event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds opened on Saturday

"It was supposed to be 'Keep America Great,' but America ’ s not great right now, so we ’ re using the same slogan : Make America Great Again," he said.

In front of thousands of adoring fans at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, he delivered a greatest hits show.

He attacked Biden's spending plans as a 'socialist calamity' that would unleash stagflation, boasted that he never conceded the 2020 election but directed his biggest blast of anger at Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell for working with Democrats to lift the debt ceiling.

The former president added : 'They used Covid in order to cheat and rig.

Former President Trump blasted members of his own party during a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday night. The visit - to a key state in the 2024 nomination race - will be seen as another sign that Trump is planning to run for the White House again

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