Trump asked. "The Second Amendment or tax cuts?" "People get complacent", he said.
Trump nearly skipped over entirely in his roughly one-hour-and-20-minute speech what his administration had billed as the "largest-ever" round of new sanctions targeting Kim Jong Un's regime in North Korea, according to excerpts released to the media before Trump took the stage. "They will put judges in that you wouldn't believe, they'll take away your Second Amendment, which we will never allow to happen, they'll take away your Second Amendment", he said, referring to Democrats.
As he addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, Friday morning, he will have an opportunity to take a victory lap for his first year and charge up activists ahead of this year's election that will determine if Republicans will retain control of Congress.
Rather than having armed guards stationed around schools, Trump said teachers, coaches and other staff who are adept with a gun are the best form of protection because they love their students.
Sadly the rest of Trump's speech, which included a repeated call for teachers to be armed in schools as a response to last week's Florida shooting, was not a joke.
"I'm thrilled to be back at CPAC with so many of my wonderful friends, and incredible supporters and proud conservators", Trump told the crowd before apparently catching a glimpse of himself on a video board. Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposed such a change on Friday.
Trump declined to reiterate his proposal to increase age restrictions for the purchase of firearms, an idea the NRA has opposed.
The remainder of the speech touched on greatest hits of Trump talking points.
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It was Trump's second appearance as President at the Conservative Political Action Conference, held just outside Washington in Maryland. The president admitted he was about to throw out most of his prepared remarks, and that's exactly what he did - barely mentioning what was supposed to be a major part of the speech, new sanctions on North Korea.
Trump even entertained calls as the crowd erupted in "Lock her up" chants directed at his defeated 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton. The chorus came a day after the announcement of more charges against two former top Trump campaign aides, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, as part of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
Some conservatives expressed dismay at CPAC's embrace of Trump.
On immigration, Trump said: "you think they're giving us their good people?..."
The hallways were filled with well-dressed attendees adorned with Trump campaign hats and buttons.
"Reform can mean they're going to pay more tax", Trump said.
One person who was in disagreement with the proposal was CPAC attendee, Pat Thomas. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been largely absent from the Senate over the past months as he undergoes cancer treatment, for his vote a year ago that killed GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The president even joked about his famously-sculpted coiffure, pointing to his image on the big screen and joking that he had taken care to hide a "bald spot". "I don't know. I don't want to be controversial, so I won't use his name". But after more than 70 minutes, Trump still hadn't come around to the announcement. Once-prominent draws such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Marc stated that he feels like politicians often make promise. "Because I had five people outside say, 'Could you do The Snake?'".