President Donald Trump ripped the media at his first post-inauguration rally Saturday evening in Melbourne, Florida. Trump said the media has their own agenda, and it is not "your agenda." The media could not defeat us during the campaign despite their lies, he said.
The Melbourne Police department estimated 9,000 people attended the event.
Trump said he came to Florida and held a rally because he wanted to be "among my friends and among the people."
"It's now been one month since my inauguration and I am here to tell you about our incredible progress in making America great again," Trump opened his speech. "And I am also here to tell you about our plans for the future. And they are big and they are bold and it's what our country is all about. Believe me.
"I am here because I want to be among my friends and among the people, "he said. "This was a great movement. A movement like has never been seen before in our country or probably anywhere else. This was a truly great movement and I want to be here with you, and I will always be with you. I promise you that."
"I want to be in a room filled with hard-working American patriots who love their country, who salute their flag, and who pray for a better future," Trump said to applause.
Trump said the media doesn't "get it," but they are beginning to.
"I also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news," Trump said to a roaring crowd. "The dishonest media which has published one false story after another with no sources, even though they pretend they have them, they make them up in many cases, they just don't want to report the truth and they've been calling us wrong now for two years. They don't get it, but they are starting to get it. I can tell you that."
"Despite all their lies, misrepresentations, and false stories, they could not defeat us in the primaries, and they could not defeat us in the general election, and we will continue to expose them for what they are and most importantly we will continue to win, win, win!" Trump said to the excited crowd.
"We are not going to let the fake news tell us what to do, how to live, or what to believe," the president promised. "We are free and independent people and we will make our own choices. We are here today to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I hear your voices, I hear your demands, and I promise I will deliver. I promise you."
Trump said he will continue to call out the media and not let the media "get away" with lies.
"Many of our greatest presidents fought with the media and called them out, oftentimes on their lies. When the media lies to people, I will never ever let them get away with it. I will do whatever I can that they don't get away with it. They have their own agenda, and their agenda is not your agenda," the president said.
"They have become a big part of the problem. They are part of the corrupt system," Trump said.
All attendees now in the AeroMod hangar for the @realDonaldTrump rally. Total attendees at event = 9,000.— Melbourne Police (@MelbournePolice) February 18, 2017