On February 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump spoke at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) 2017 today. Trump, who has spoken at CPAC every year between 2011 and 2015, gave his first speech before the yearly political event as president. In tone, the address was similar to you would expect from a constitutionally mandated State of the Union address.
The president touched on many issues important to conservatives in America and around the world during his hour long speech. First, he focused his attention on the fake news media, that is, in his words, the "Clinton News Network" and other outlets such as his previously named New York Times, both of which were recently, perhaps temporarily, banned from the White House.
Trump then switched gears and talked about immigration, promising that the border wall will be finished way ahead of schedule. In the president's words, "national security starts with border security".
On trade, he touted his accomplishment of withdrawing from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP): a trade deal that Obama took his whole presidency to negotiate, undone with a single action. In a twist, Trump also complemented one of his political opponents across the aisle, Bernie Sanders. He said that he believes that Sanders helped him win the election, as some of his supporters voted for Trump because they liked his stance on the TPP. He also said that he would put the "regulation industry out of work" and remove "75% of the repetitive regulations" while protecting the safety of workers and the environment. Trump also promised to lower taxes on people and business across the board, and simplify America's labyrinthine tax code.
On energy, Trump poo-pooed the Obama strategy of investing in failed solar companies and other unproven "renewable energy". Instead, he renewed his commitment to remove the current restrictions on oil refineries in Alaska, the coast, and in the Pacific Northwest, invest in shale oil and fracking, and coal. The president said simply about coal, "Miners are going back to work, folks."
Trump also hinted at a possible welfare reform bill, saying that "It's time for Americans to get off of welfare and back to work. You're gonna love it!"
On defense, Trump promised to upgrade "everything" in the military, and make it "bigger, better, and stronger, than ever before", saying that "it will be one of the greatest military buildups in American history" and promised "peace through strength". Trump also said that he has directed the DOD to create a plan to "eradicate [ISIS] from the face of the earth". Trump also mocked European Union members Sweden, Germany and France for their weak borders and welfare programs for migrants which have led to untold numbers of Muslims washing up in Europe and may cause end in sharia law. Trump cited the fact that due to Muslims, which made up 15% of the Parisian population in 2010, "Paris isn't Paris anymore". Trump promised to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States, and promised another executive order next week. "The security of our people is number one." Trump also promised to take "great care" of America's war veterans.
During the speech, Trump also had words for Senate and House Democrats, urging them to approve his cabinet and "get smart on health care".
Trump also detailed his meetings with Campbell's, Caterpillar, and other multinational corporations, saying that these corporations have promised to build new factories and plants in the United States.
To conclude the speech, the president said "The forgotten men and women of America will be forgotten no longer. The people came to vote, and the media said 'Where are they coming from?' … God bless you, and God bless the United States of America". As he was walking away from the podium, the Rolling Stones' classic 1969 hit "You Can't Always Get What You Want" played in the background. As fans of the Stones know, the next line goes "But if you try some time, you just might find, you get what you need!" Amen Mr. President, let's see if any on the left take it to heart.