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In one of his longest – and characteristically wide-ranging – speeches as president, Donald Trump Saturday went after both Democrats and fellow Republicans, said people are trying to get him out of office with “bull—-,” and announced he will be signing an executive order to require universities to support “free speech” or forfeit federal dollars.
Trump’s appearance follows a week in which his former attorney Michael Cohen accused him of criminal conduct in testimony before Congress. He also visited Vietnam for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that failed to produce a nuclear weapons deal.
Trump said Saturday he was in a “horrible position” over the situation with Otto Warmbier.
“In one way, I have to negotiate. In the other, I love Mr. and Mrs. Warmbier. And I love Otto,” Trump said. “It’s a very, very delicate balance.”
In his introduction of Trump, Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, said that when the president wants to recharge, he returns to his base.
After stepping out on the stage and hugging an American flag, Trump did a lot of recharging. He reveled in the applause and remarked more than once that the crowd was still with him during the lengthy address.
“I’m watching those doors and not one person has left,” Trump said near the end, although some people did leave early. “And I’ve been up here a lifetime.”
The speech was more than 30 minutes longer than Trump’s previous longest speeches – a 2017 rally in Alabama and this year’s State of the Union address – according to the website Factba.se, which tracks Trump’s words. At a minimum, it is 25 minutes longer than remarks at a cabinet meeting on 1/2/19.