President Donald Trump hugged the flag on the phase at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, marking his 5th total appearance at the conference and his third as president.
President Donald Trump joins @mschlapp on the @CPAC phase, hugs the American flag as “God Bless the USA” plays over the speakers. pic.twitter.com/h7ZsFMR5Q2
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) March 2, 2019
Quickly prior to he started his more than two-hour speech on Saturday, Trump paused to hug the American flag on phase to the tune “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood. The speech was the longest ever CPAC speech and the longest speech given by a United States president at the conference.
Trump’s first speech at the conference was in 2011.
Although Trump had actually prepared a speech for the conference, he went “off script” to talk about a broad variety of subjects about his presidency.
” You understand I’m totally off script today, and this, you understand, is how I got elected, by being off script,” he said. “And if we don’t go off script our country is in huge trouble, folks.”
He also slammed congressional Democrats, special counsel Robert Mueller, and the FBI for conducting “bullshit” investigations, and buffooned House Democrats’ “Green New Deal” legislation sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
” I do like thegreenbrand-newoffer.I respect it significantly,” Trump joked as the crowd chuckled. “It ought to become part of the dialogue of the next election.”