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Top Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Makes Rare Appearance at CPAC

26 February 2017, 02:27 | Archie Newman

President Donald Trump delivered a violent, ultra-right speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, attacking the media and reprising numerous "America First" themes outlined in his inauguration address one month ago.

"I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news". No mystery as to what people he was fingering with that one. They were there, they said, to prove that protestors weren't organized and paid - or "astroturfed" - by Democrat opposition simply to protest the Trump administration and cause division. "There would be no more sources".

"I'm against the people that make up stories and make up sources".

"Most people are telling us, 'Thank you for being our voice in that place to Donald Trump, '" Clayton said.

CPAC makes a good laboratory because just as all political parties have factions, the tactics or beliefs of some conservatives in the past were not always as welcome at this annual conference. "They had their doctor, they had their plan", he said, pledging to "repeal and replace Obamacare".

He also denied that his attacks on the media were unsafe for the First Amendment.

Mary Layher, a retired teacher from Fairfax, Virginia, said that after listening to several Trump administration officials speak at CPAC, she's impressed with what the president has accomplished in 30 days. "It doesn't represent the people, it will never represent the people, and we're going to do something about it". Those are the ones that go first, and I said it from day one.

Mr Trump defended recent comments he made about immigration in Sweden saying people there "understand I'm right".

Referring to the United States border with Mexico, he declared, "We're going to build a wall, don't worry about it". Can we get an amen? "Let them say it to my face. The fake news", said Trump. It's going to be bigger and better.

"The truth of the matter is Donald Trump, President Trump, brought together the party and the conservative movement", he said.

Small replicas of the Russian flag bearing the name Trump seen being held and waved by crowds at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday caused a bit of an uproar over the internet given the growing concerns over Russia's influence in the elections.

Mr Priebus' discussion with FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe sparked outrage among some Democrats, who said the chief of staff was violating policies meant to limit communications between the law enforcement agency and the White House on pending investigations.

Charter said they will continue resisting Trump as long as they have to, and said jokingly in his fake Russian accent, "Remember, in Trump's America, flag wave you!"

Matt Kibbe, president of Free the People, a nonprofit organization that promotes libertarian principles, said this year's agenda and lineup of speakers may, in part, explain the lack of libertarians present.

As he spoke at CPAC, an August 2012 tweet from Trump began circulating. Nobody loves it better than me.

"I'm interested if it makes sense for us to be there, if the straw poll matters", Maloney said, pushing back against the idea that YAL aimed to make a statement by skipping this year's conference.

The President was notably absent from the annual conservative gathering during his presidential run past year and was criticised in the GOP primary for skipping the event. "And I think that's what unites us".



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