President Trump draws protesters and supporters during Nashville appearance

Mar 16, 2017

Credit whitehouse.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters and demonstrators converged in the heart of Nashville to greet President Donald Trump's during his Wednesday visit to Middle Tennessee.

A line of Trump supporters waiting to get into the president's rally snaked around Nashville's historic Municipal Auditorium for about a half-mile. Many supporters wore hats that said "Make America Great Again" and sometimes squared off with protesters. However, there didn't appear to be any violence.

Disabled veteran Edward Dice of Belchertown, Massachusetts, said he drove his 11-year-old daughter down to see Trump because he wanted her to see something historic.

Many of the demonstrators were protesting a Republican health proposal that would cut the health care program for the poor.

During his speech, Trump touted the embattled House Republican health care plan, telling his supporters that "the House legislation does so much for you."

But he's making clear that he's open to debate and negotiation.

Trump told supporters that "we're going to all get together, we're going to get something done."

The plan has been criticized by some conservatives as "Obamacare lite" and by others because of projections that millions would lose coverage.