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Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:12 AM
Appearing before an excited gathering of conservatives just outside of Washington, D.C., President Trump celebrated his ascent to the White House, vowing to press ahead with his legislative agenda, declaring that his 2016 win was a "victory was a victory and a win for conservative values," and taking a fresh round of shots at the news media.
"The era of empty talk is over," the President said, in a line that could well be part of a speech to a Joint Session of Congress next Tuesday night, February 28.
In today's address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mr. Trump made the case for multiple items on his agenda - getting rid of the Obama health law, a major military buildup, strong measures on the border with Mexico, tax cuts and more - as he said now, "is the time for action."
As the President talked about his goals, he once more bemoaned the state of affairs in the United States.
"I inherited a mess," Mr. Trump said, rattling off a number of actions that he taken in the first month of his time in office, putting an emphasis on his efforts to reduce the threat of terrorism.
"We are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country," the President said to cheers.
The President began his speech by assailing the news media, spending almost eight minutes accusing news organizations of making up sources and making up stories that reflected badly on him.
"They are very smart, very cunning, and very dishonest," Mr. Trump said of reporters.
"We have to fight it folks," Mr. Trump said of news stories that he feels are inaccurate, as he zeroed in on reporters who have taken him to task.
Mr. Trump made a few mentions of Hillary Clinton during his speech, at one point referencing her line where she labeled Trump supporters, "deplorable."