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Rep. Zeldin Defends Trump's COVID-19 Response

U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) delievers a pre-recorded, primetime speech at the RNC.

Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin stuck tight to his familiar themes of patriotism and support for military veterans when he delivered a primetime speech during the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night.

Zeldin mentioned his “law enforcement family” and deployment to Iraq. The three-minute speech was filmed at a VFW post in Westhampton Beach and contained no criticism of Democrats. It praised medical workers for treating his infant daughter’s brain surgery and also praised President Donald Trump for delivering medical supplies to New York.

“That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more," Zeldin said. "The president sent thousands of ventilators to New York.”

Zeldin led a series of other pre-recorded messages that focused on veterans praising Trump.

Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.