CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – A day after appearing with North Carolina’s Republican heavyweights, Donald Trump spoke Tuesday to the VFW National Convention in Charlotte, saying it’s “inexcusable” how the country has treated veterans.
“Many have died waiting for care that never came, a permanent stain on our government,” Trump told the group.
Trump outlined his 10-point plan to help veterans in America.
“They fought for us so now we will fight for them,” Trump said. “Our debt to you is eternal, yet our politicians have totally failed you.”
The plan includes firing/disciplining poor performing employees at VA while promoting good ones.
Trump said he would install a dedicated phone line in the White House just for veterans.
He said the hotline would take a lot of time and could “replace Twitter” for him.
Trump also pledged to increase number of mental healthcare professionals and to reach out to veterans outside the VA system.
“Peace will require new approaches, not relying on the same failed voices of the past,” he said. “We can’t fix a rigged system by electing the people who rigged it in the first place.”
Early in his speech, Trump took a few shots at rival Hillary Clinton, which was met by a few chants of “Lock her up!”
“And to think she was here yesterday. I guess she didn’t do very well,” Trump said in response to the chants.
“It’s time to believe in each other, and it’s time to believe in America,” Trump said before leaving the stage.
Despite the chants and Trump’s attacks, some in the audience are still behind Clinton.
“She was genuine. She laid out a plan, says she’s got something in the works. And, I’m OK with that,” said Army veteran Keiston Holloway.
Clinton spoke to the same group Monday while Trump campaigned in Roanoke, Virginia and Winston-Salem.
Monday, Trump campaigned at the fairgrounds in Winston-Salem where he was asked about several issues, including House Bill 2.
“I do want the states to come together and make a decision, a final solution,” Trump said. “I hope they work it out. It is something states should work on and they should work it out.”
For the first time, Trump hit the campaign trail with running mate, Mike Pence. He was also joined by Gov. Pat McCrory and Sen. Richard Burr.
During Monday’s speech, Trump spoke about immigration control, bringing jobs back to our country, Obama care, foreign policy and trade.