Trump delivers a slashing speech that rouses the right

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In a speech laced with sarcasm and his characteristic "off script" style, US President Donald Trump targeted special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and Democrat lawmakers at a conservative conference on Saturday.

President Trump on Saturday invited Hayden Williams, the conservative activist attacked at Berkeley, to the stage to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would soon sign an executive order requiring American universities and colleges to maintain "free speech" on campuses and threatened that schools not complying could lose federal research funds.

The speech - clocking in at more than two hours - also included sharp attacks on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Federal Bureau of Investigation head James Comey, the Democratic Party and those critical of his approach to North Korea.

It is not the first time that Trump, who has repeatedly lashed out at the media with cries of "fake news" and has called current defamation laws "a sham and a disgrace", has threatened retaliatory action related to free speech. Cohen alleged on Wednesday that Trump paid hush-money to a porn star prior to his election and overstated his net worth for loans, insurance and tax purposes. "When the wind stops blowing, that is the end of your electric", Trump went on to say.

The word "socialism" has been in heavy rotation since some Democratic candidates began openly embracing liberal platforms including the Green New Deal and a Medicare for All.




On Saturday, the President said his administration is "winning against the swamp".

"America will never be a socialist country", he added.

Republicans hoped Trump's address would serve as a diversion from the Mueller investigation and to the testimony this week on Capitol Hill by the president's former personal attorney Michael Cohen implicating him in crimes. "I think it's really something that [the Democrats] should promote".

Two weeks earlier Trump had declared the fall of the so-called caliphate would be announced "over the next 24 hours". And if they don't, it will be very costly, ' he said.

"We need workers to come in, but they've got to come in legally, and they've got to come in through merit", he said. "I would like to watch television, darling". Desperately, they have to go out and get it, but I'll take the other side of that argument, only because I am mandated to.

Trump revisited his meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, calling their summit "very productive". He said he always sits with the pilots when airplanes are landing: "They know what we're doing".

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