President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile ‘extremely dismayed’ by Bloomberg record MORE took to the track to open the Daytona 500 race Sunday.
Trump arrived at the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon with his full motorcade on the speedway. He made about a quarter of a lap before pulling aside.
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“My fellow race fans, the Daytona 500 is a legendary display,” he said after emerging to applause from the crowd.
Trump thanked the “tens of thousands of patriots” gathered at the Daytona International Speedway for the race, which he called “pure American glory.”
The president told the crowd that no matter who wins, “what matters most is God, family and country.”
Trump was met at the airport by NASCAR officials.
First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump takes track to open Daytona 500 The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump insists he can tweet about cases in rare break with Barr The Hill’s Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE is expected to attend the race with him, along with Reps. Bill PoseyWilliam (Bill) Joseph PoseyTrump takes track to open Daytona 500 Fed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits Scientists join Democrats in panning EPA’s ‘secret science’ rule MORE (R-Fla.) and Michael WaltzMichael WaltzTrump takes track to open Daytona 500 Overnight Defense: US deploys low-yield nukes on submarines | Watchdog warns Iraq withdrawal ‘likely’ means ISIS resurgence | What to watch in Trump’s State of the Union Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE (R-Fla.) as well as Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisTrump takes track to open Daytona 500 Father of Parkland shooting victim calls on Congress to take action Moderate Democrats now in a race against the clock MORE (R), according to the White House.