Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference We wanted very, very strong military. We wanted all of the things that we’re going to get, and people consider that controversial. But you didn’t consider it controversial. (Applause.)
PoliticalNews.me - Feb 25,2017 - Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
10:23 A.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. So great to be with you. Thank you. (Applause.)
Great to be back at CPAC. (Applause.) The place I have really --
AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!
THE PRESIDENT: I love this place. Love you people. (Applause.) So thank you. Thank you very much.
First of all, I want to thank Matt Schlapp, and his very, very incredible wife and boss, Mercedes, who have been fantastic friends and supporters, and so great. When I watch them on television defending me, nobody has a chance. So, I want to thank Matt and Mercedes.
And when Matt called and asked, I said, absolutely, I'll be there with you. I mean, the real reason I said it -- I didn’t want him to go against me because that one you can’t beat. So I said, absolutely. And it really is an honor to be here.
I wouldn't miss a chance to talk to my friends. These are my friends. (Applause.) And we’ll see you again next year and the year after that, and I’ll be doing this with CPAC whenever I can, and I’ll make sure that we’re here a lot.
You know, if you remember, my first major speech -- sit down, everybody. Come on. (Applause.) You know, the dishonest media, they’ll say he didn’t get a standing ovation. You know why? No, you know why? Because everybody stood and nobody sat, so they will say he never got a standing ovation, right? (Applause.) They are the worst.
AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA! (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: So -- sit down. (Laughter.) Donald Trump did not get a standing ovation. They leave out the part, they never sat down. They leave that out. So I just want to thank -- but you know, my first major speech was at CPAC. And probably five or six years ago -- first major political speech. And you were there.
And it was -- I loved it. I love the people. I love the commotion. And then they did these polls where I went through the roof, and I wasn’t even running, right? But it gave me an idea, and I got a little bit concerned when I saw what was happening in the country, and I said, let’s go do it. So it was very exciting. I walked the stage on CPAC. I’ll never forget it, really. I had very little notes, and even less preparation. So when you have practically no notes and no preparation, and then you leave and everybody was thrilled, I said, I think I like this business.
I would have come last year, but I was worried that I would be, at that time, too controversial. We wanted border security. We wanted very, very strong military. We wanted all of the things that we’re going to get, and people consider that controversial. But you didn’t consider it