ORLANDO, Fla. — President-elect Donald Trump basked in the glow of his victory here on Friday night, tossing red meat to his supporters while offering few new details about how he will govern.
Speaking on a stage surrounded by Christmas trees, Trump lobbed his biggest crowd-pleasers to the audience: the dishonest media won’t turn the cameras around to show the size of the crowd, he crowed; we’re going to build a border wall, he promised.
But Trump shed little new light on what kind of president he is going to be.
“This is truly an exciting time to be alive. The script is not yet written,” he said. “We do not know what the page will read tomorrow. But for the first time in a long while we know that the pages will be authored by each and every one of you.”
At one point, Trump joked that his supporters were “vicious, violent, screaming” during the campaign. But now that he’s the president-elect, Trump said, “Now, you’re laid back, you’re cool, you’re mellow.”
Trump reiterated his call to construct “safe zones” in Syria, a proposal he made for the first time as president-elect at a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday.
“We’re going to build safe zones. We’re not having them come over. We’re going to build safe zones. And we’re going to get the Gulf States to build safe zones,” he said, without offering any other details.
Trump spoke at an outdoor amphitheater on the latest leg of his “thank you” tour of states that helped him win the election. The speech was reminiscent of his campaign rallies. Trump claimed the crowd, which filled a field in front of the stage, broke the record, and the CEO of the amphitheater confirmed to the press pool that the parking lot was filled to capacity. The amphitheater has a capacity of 10,000 people.
“To be a strong nation, we must also be a rich nation, a wealthy nation — and we will be,” said Trump, standing at a podium bearing a sign that proclaimed, “Merry Christmas USA.”
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