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Trump meets with supporters, visits VA in North Las Vegas

Trump at VA

Wade Vandervort

A group of Nevada Republican politicians join President Donald Trump at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System to sign legislation for military construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations, on Sept. 21, 2018. The group includes: (far left) Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, (front left) Sen. Dean Heller and (front right). Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Updated Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 | 12:42 p.m.

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President Trump speaks about a VA funding bill at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in North Las Vegas, Friday, Sep. 21, 2018. Launch slideshow »

President Donald Trump remained in Las Vegas this morning following a rally Thursday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, visiting with supporters and the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System.

Sen. Dean Heller, Gov. Brian Sandoval, and Attorney General Adam Laxalt were among the officials to appear on a small stage at the VA with Trump. The president signed legislation for military construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations in front of a small audience of veterans and others.

“You back me and I back you, that’s the way it works,” Trump told the audience. “That’s the way it’s supposed to work.”

Heller was seen outside the Trump International Hotel this morning, and Amy Tarkanian, wife of 3rd Congressional District candidate Danny Tarkanian, was spotted entering the hotel shortly afterward. Trump held a private roundtable with supporters at 9:20 a.m.

Small groups of supporters waited to see the president as he left the hotel. Traffic was at a standstill on surrounding roads and freeways.

Trump left Las Vegas from McCarran International Airport for Missouri around noon. He is scheduled to appear at a rally in Springfield tonight.

The spending bill that Trump signed, which passed the Senate with a 92-5 vote. Energy and water, military construction, Veterans Affairs and legislative branch funding are included in the bill.

The bill leaves out funding for Yucca Mountain, the stalled proposal to dump nuclear waste in Nevada. Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said in a news release that the funding is a “major victory” for the state, and that she’d continue to oppose Yucca money.

“It provides billions of dollars in funding for state priorities like renewable energy and water conservation, much needed support for our veterans, and military construction projects that create good-paying jobs for Nevadans,” she said.