POTUS wheels up at 11:22a. Motorcade with pool moving now. Cheering packed ballroom at CPAC meeting at Gaylord as POTUS entered to strains of what appeared to be the song 'God Bless the USA.'
He entered at 10:20, speech lasted 40 minutes or so. Not sure if there'll be a transcript. Was on TV, but here's a summary plus quotes:
'I love you people. I wouldn't miss a chance to talk to my friends.'
He got a standing ovation & asked people to sit down, even though the 'dishonest media' will report he didn't get a standing ovation. The crowd stood up and cheered again, chanting USA, USA, USA.
POTUS said he wanted to come last year but was warned he'd be too 'controversial.'
Of his win in November, 'its patriots like you that made it happen, believe me. ...never underestimate the people, never.'
Reiterated his attack on 'fake news' & those who in his estimation purvey it as 'enemies of the people.' Said media makes up sources.
'I don't mind bad stories if I deserve them,' her said.
He says not all journalists report 'fake news.' But journalists should not be allowed to cite unnamed sources, which he again insisted were oftentimes fabrications. 'Let them say it to my face,' he said.
'Fake news doesn't tell the truth, doesn't represent the people; it will never represent the people.'