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President Donald Trump is wrongly claiming that Americans need photo IDs to buy groceries as he rails against the idea of noncitizens voting.

His trip on Tuesday - his second to the Tampa area since he became president - included a workforce development event at Tampa Bay Technical High School, followed by the rally at the fairgrounds, to support the gubernatorial bid of Ron DeSantis. He was trying to tell supporters that tighter laws would stop people who aren't US citizens from voting, and in his argument added that people need IDs for most other things.

"Then, Mr. Trump said, 'You're fired!' I love that part", DeSantis says, while being described as a "Pitbull Trump Supporter".

US president Donald Trump has falsely claimed you need to show photo identification to buy groceries in his country.

On the social media platform Twitter, the immediate reaction to Trump's comments ranged from bewilderment to ridicule - with many, including the CNN reporter who covered the rally, Jim Acosta, noting that photo ID is not required to purchase groceries in the United States.

"We have to make sure Rick Scott wins and wins big" against the incumbent, Democrat Bill Nelson, the president said.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Florida. The Democrats are not voting for what we want to do.

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The rally was a show of force for DeSantis, who faces off against state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the state's August 28 Republican primary.

Scott didn't join Trump at the rally but appeared with him at an earlier roundtable event.

Putnam, a state agriculture commissioner and former congressman, has run a more traditional campaign for governor, aiming to build upon his family's deep ties to the state.

He was using groceries as an example while calling for voter ID laws.

"The time has come for voter ID, like everything else".

"It's insane", he added, "but we're turning it around".