President Trump made a historic return Friday to the Conservative Political Action Conference, telling the crowd, ‘You finally have a president,’ and delivering a wide-ranging speech in which he took aim at ISIS, pushed his plans to combat illegal immigration and vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
He started with a familiar attack on the news media and went so far as to say reporters “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.”
“Let them say it to my face. Let there be no more sources,” Trump said, though some of his administration officials recently have held briefings where they insisted no names be used.
“I’m not against the media,” Trump said. “I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources.”
“You finally have a president. It took you a long time. It’s patriots like you that made it happen.”
– President Trump
Trump moved on to defend his agenda and vow major action ahead. On immigration, Trump touted plans for a southern border wall with Mexico and said it was “way, way, way ahead of schedule.”
The speech came as Republicans control Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade. Conservatives have been optimistic about the opportunity to enact big policy changes and looked to Trump to spell out his agenda.