President Donald Trump on Friday morning spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland.
The President went “off script” from his prepared speech, he said, but it “keeps things interesting.” He spoke confidently and frankly to his audience, which was described as almost “one-hundred percent” Republican.
Trump touted the current status of the American economy, as well as all the things his administration has accomplished throughout the past year.
That includes recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and rebuilding the military, Trump said.
“After years of rebuilding other nations […] that have a lot of money, … we’re finally rebuilding our nation, and we’re restoring our confidence and our pride,” the President said.
Trump also announced severe sanctions against North Korea – sanctions an administration official called the “largest ever,” and that the President said would be the “heaviest sanctions ever imposed.”
“Hopefully something positive can happen. We have imposed the heaviest sanctions ever imposed,” Trump said at the end of his speech.
The sanctions are intended to ban more than 50 North Korean vessels, shipping companies and other businesses that are seen as sources of income for the country led by dictator Kim Jong Un. The intention is to continue putting absolute pressure on North Korea in order for the country to come to the table and agree to cease its ballistic and nuclear missiles programs.
#breaking President Donald Trump is expected to announce that the Treasury Department will impose new sanctions against North Korea during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning. These sanctions pertain to vessels and shipping, CNN has learned.
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) February 23, 2018
Trump’s speech was streamed here: