Picture: President Donald Trump speaking at a campaign rally at the Pensacola Bay Center
US president Donald Trump has touted his efforts to secure the homeland, saying his administration is "taking care of our citizens at home" by defeating the Islamic State abroad.
Speaking to a raucous rally crowd in Florida, Mr Trump said the US military is dealing the Islamic State "one brutal defeat after another".
"Not only are we defeating these killers, these savage killers, horrible, horrible," Mr Trump told hundreds of supports at a rally in Pensacola, a region a White House spokesman called "Trump country".
"You don't even want to say people. These are savage killers over there, but we sure as hell don't want them to come over here."
Mr Trump also said he is expelling members of the violent street gang known as MS-13, which has its origins in Central America.
"America is being respected again abroad and we are taking care of our citizens at home and we're going to have safety and we have a lot more now," said the president, who appeared buoyed as he headlined his first campaign rally in more than two months.
"America is more than just a place on a map," he said. "America is a nation. America is a family. America is ours to love and to cherish and to protect and to take care of."
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