Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

The most off-script moments from President Trump's CPAC speech

The most off-script moments from President Trump's CPAC speech

Despite his promises to take action on guns in the wake of the Florida shooting, Mr Trump said that making schools gun-free zones would put students in "far more danger".

A crowd of ardent supports gave President Donald Trump a standing ovation after his speech Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual convention. "Don't be complacent. If they get in, they'll repeal your tax cuts, they'll put judges in that you wouldn't believe".

"By the way, if you only had a choice of one, what would you rather have?"

Surprisingly, the large group of conservatives is reported to have cheered loudly in support of protecting the Second Amendment.

The event, coming after a somber week worth of national discussions about gun control following a school shooting in Florida last week that left 17 dead.

He also called for more extensive background checks for people wanting to buy guns, and that that people who have a history of mental health should face more detailed checks.

The President, who has been embroiled in controversies about allegations that he cheated on First Lady Melania Trump with a porn star and a former Playboy playmate, told the audience that "faith and family are at the center of American life". Climate change denial is popular: you can get a badge that says "I (heart) CO2". "Don't be complacent. Don't be complacent".

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At one point, Trump polled the crowd on what they'd prefer he focus on more: tax cuts or the Second Amendment.

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Responding to someone in the audience, he assured them the wall will be built.

After being interrupted by chants of "lock her up", Trump said, "I will say this, folks, everything that's turning out now, it's come full circle".

Trump touched on his plan to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as well as why he pulled out of the Paris climate agreement.

"They're not giving us their best people, folks", Trump said. "For the previous year, with your help, we have put more great conservative ideas into use than perhaps ever before in American history". You're getting the wall. "We don't want them in our schools", he said. "Turned out to be not good, not a credit to law enforcement, that I can tell you", he said.

That segued into a recitation of "The Snake" - a controversial campaign-trail classic where he read the lyrics of a song that details how a woman takes in a sick snake only to have the reptile then bite and kill her. Trump has used it as an allegory for letting in unsafe immigrants who would then harm US citizens. And I said to our people, don't use the word reform because they are were going to go with the tax reform act, and I said no wonder for 45 years nothing's been passed ...

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