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Trump hugs American flag after walking onstage at CPAC

President Trump embraced the American flag as he walked onstage at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference, marking his fifth appearance at the gathering and his third since entering office.

Coming to speak before a rapt crowd at the Maryland conference, the president began a wide-ranging speech talking about tariffs, slamming the media and exuding confidence about his reelection chances in 2020.{mosads}

Trump told attendees at the large conservative gathering that they are “reclaiming our nation’s priceless heritage, reversing decades of blunders and betrayals by the failed ruling class. America is respected again, and the world knows it.” 

The conference, which entered its third day Saturday, showed little daylight between the White House and the Republican base, with several attendees showing off red “Make America Great Again” hats and other paraphernalia.

Reflecting support among a wider swath of the party beyond the annual summit, a Gallup poll released last month found that Trump has an 89 percent approval rating among Republicans.

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