Trump calls out Parkland cop for doing a 'poor job'

"Under this commander in chief, we have taken the fight [to] terrorists on our terms, on their soil", Pence said. "About 90 percent of that was just from his heart".

President Donald Trump, who assured conservatives that "nobody loves the Second Amendment" more than he does, tepidly promised the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he'd make some progress on preventing school shootings.

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The president called for increased mental health support and said the shooter was a "sick person", and continued to call for more security in schools.

He asked the crowd what they would pick between tax cuts and the Second Amendment, with gun rights getting the bigger response.

"It was fabulous", said Erin Montgomery, communications director of America First Policies, a Republican super PAC.

He launched into the "snake" fable that formed a major portion of his campaign stump speech, glistening with sweat as he warned against accepting immigrants he characterized as violent criminals.

"I try like hell to hide the bald spot, folks", Trump said while looking himself at large video boards. "Promises made, promises kept", the vice president said. "To me, as a voter, that keeps me wanting to come back and vote for him and support him".

While much of his speech was used to tick off his accomplishments over the past year, from slashing regulations to appointing conservative justices to getting his tax bill passed, there was one failure Trump just couldn't let go - the GOP's inability to deliver on its longheld promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Conservatives said they hope it won't bode ill for their November prospects.

"The well ORGANIZED effort by Florida school students demanding gun control has GEORGE SOROS' FINGERPRINTS all over it", tweeted David Clarke, a conservative activist and former Milwaukee County sheriff who has a speaking slot at CPAC on Friday, referring to the well-known donor of progressive movement groups.

Silviya Toncheva, an attendee from Hawaii, had what amounted to gentle criticism.

"All I want is the survival of my nation", she said, prompting a shout of "Vive la France!" from an audience member. "He talked nearly about everything", Toncheva said.

Addressing last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Trump again ratcheted up his call for arming teachers and coaches who would be trained to use firearms. "I think they have a voice that should be heard".

Pence took a more nuanced tone during his speech.

Following the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that left 17 people dead, Trump asked the crowd whether they'd prefer to keep the tax cuts Republicans passed a year ago or the Second Amendment rights that he said Democrats would eliminate.

  • Leroy Wright