Trump vows executive order to protect free speech at universities

Trump to Address Conservative Conference

President Donald Trump rallied right-wing activists Saturday with a speech offering conservative red meat on immigration, trade and the threat of "socialism" as he sought to move on from a bruising week in domestic and worldwide politics.

And Trump mocked former Attorney General Jeff Session's recusal from the Russian Federation probe using a southern drawl.

But he made a point to take on Mueller, commenting extensively on key parts of the investigation, as the probe appears to be winding down. Rosenstein is expected to step down by mid-March. "When the wind stops blowing, that is the end of your electric", Trump went on to say.

"Now Robert Mueller never received a vote and neither did the person who appointed him", he added.

President Donald Trump took a moment to poke fun at the Green New Deal and its backers during his Saturday speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The president also has accused Mueller of having conflicts of interests for his close history with people such as former FBI Director James Comey. Sessions recused himself from everything related to the allegations shortly before that.

Trump derided the Democrats' Green New Deal - a platform to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. and convert to 100 percent renewable resources - as a socialist plan that would severely impact the fossil fuel industry.

Mr Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen called him a "racist", "conman" and a "cheat" in a congressional hearing.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) during their second summit meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 28, 2019.

'An executive order is unnecessary as public research universities are already bound by the First Amendment, which they deeply respect and honor, ' said Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

If universities do not comply "it will be very costly", he said.

"I love Otto", Trump said, but added he was trying to maintain "a delicate balance" with the North Koreans as he attempts to coax them into giving up their nuclear programme.

Trump, often speaking in mocking tones, portrayed the Green New Deal climate strategy touted by the left of the Democratic party as a socialist plan that will devastate the fossil fuel and automotive industries. He said he believed he will win in 2020, rejecting critics who said lack of support for Trump was behind the Republican loss of the U.S. House of Representatives last November. "I'm in love, you're in love and we're all in love together", the president said.

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