Trump cuts loose in rollicking address to conservatives

"How'd he get in here, Matt?", Trump joked as the heckler, who had also reportedly unfurled a Russian flag, was led out.

For as much time as is spent trying to figure out what's inside President Trump's head, what's on top of it has attracted less significant scrutiny but a fair bit of curiosity.

"It was only one person", said Trump. "If they thought like if this guy thought that other people would be shooting bullets back at him, he wouldn't have gone to that school. A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he ever knew what happened".

Trump referenced unspecified "atrocities" committed by his political opponents at one point during his CPAC speech.

"They'll take away your Second Amendment", Trump claimed of Democrats, "which we will never allow that".

Trump blamed ailing Republican Senator John McCain for impeding efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act during the CPAC speech. He skipped the conference in 2016 while he was campaigning for president.

Trump hammered Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is now receiving treatment for brain cancer, for voting against the Republican Obamacare repeal.

Trump also reiterated his call for standing for the national anthem - an allusion to his criticism of NFL athletes for kneeling as a form of protest against police brutality.

Here are some of the wilder moments from Trump's remarks, which lasted well over an hour.

"I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks".

"Thank you President Trump for bringing us someone as wonderful as Secretary DeVos", said Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, after a friendly interview with DeVos on her overhaul efforts. "You just won, and now, you're happy and complacent".

Instead, Trump called for teachers to be armed with concealed weapons and given specialist training to protect school children from more guns.

"We celebrate our history and our heroes and we believe young Americans should be taught to love their country, and to respect its traditions".

"I don't want to be controversial so I won't use it name, okay".

Trump continued to criticize Peterson while speaking later Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

"You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in", Trump crescendoed at the end of his reading, to applause. "If Dad were alive, he would've ripped (Trump) with a great poem in rebuttal". There were "build that wall" and "lock her up" chants, he bashed immigration policies, he mocked a protester, ad-libbed lines, and even read the "Snake song" a poem about immigration was a fixture on the campaign trail.

The White House has said Trump will soon lay out a package of school and gun safety proposals for Congress to consider.

  • Jon Douglas