"I will soon sign an executive order to force colleges and universities to protect free speech!"
President Donald J. Trump, fresh off walking away from the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, got personal with the CPAC audience as he went off script. A big part of the conversation regarded tariffs on China and the current trade talks.
"I dusted off all the old tariff laws, back when we were very, very rich. You Know McKinley made statements about people coming into our country to steal our wealth to build their own country and break our laws; he said we cannot ever all that to happen!
"I asked President Xi how did you ever get away with this for so long? He told me because nobody asked...he thought someone might call to say we can't do this, but they never called.
"I know conservatives don't like tariffs, but they are the greatest negotiating tool in the history of our country…China wouldn't be at the table if it weren't for the tariffs…China has felt most of the pain."
Trump also mocked the Left's new 'Green New Deal'; "Darling is the wind blowing today? I'd like to watch some television," he said satirically.
Trump also mocked Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation as a hopelessly compromised conflict of interest.
Trump promised the audience, "You know I'm building the wall...."
"I flew to Iraq and we were about to land; we had to turn out all the lights on Air Force One. We spent $7 trillion and can not even land with the lights on!"
Trump closed by telling the enthusiastic audience, "We're winning and they're not! We will win because we're all in love with America and they're not!"
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