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By Stewart Perrie
Donald Trump has used his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to attack trans athletes.
In his first public address since leaving the White House two months ago, the former President said he wasn't happy to see sportspeople competing against others who might have been biologically different at birth.
"A lot of new records are being broken in women's sports, I hate to say that ladies, but you have got a lot of new records that are being shattered," he told the cheering crowd.
"Young girls and women are incensed that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males. That is not good for women.
"That is not good for women's sports, which worked so long and so hard to get to where they were.
Trump claims that trans women are "biological males" pic.twitter.com/WqmzUm7ITW- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2021
"The records that stood for years and decades are now being smashed with ease, smashed. If this is not changed women's sports as we know it will die and end."
"I think it's crazy what is happening, we must protect the integrity of women's sports.
"And I don't even know, is that controversial? Someone said 'well that's going to be very controversial' and I said that's OK - you have not heard anything yet."
It's not clear who he was referring to or which records are specifically being broken, but the statement received rapturous applause and support.
It wasn't the only thing Trump said during his speech that has garnered headlines.
He suggested he could make another run for politics in 2024, especially considering he wasn't convicted in his second impeachment trial.
We will take back the House :ballot_box_with_check: We will win the Senate :ballot_box_with_check: A Republican President will take back the White House :ballot_box_with_check: #CPAC2021 #AmericaUnCanceled pic.twitter.com/LgYBAnJ3Jl- CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) February 28, 2021
"Who knows. I may decide to beat them for a third time," he said. before adding that he 'may' decide to run - suggesting he's not 100 percent certain.
He also told the conference, which is being held in Orlando, Florida: "I am not starting a new party. That was fake news.
"We're not starting new parties. You know, they kept saying, 'He's going to start a brand new party.' We have the Republican Party. It's going to unite and be stronger than ever before," in response the crowd cheered.
He joked: "Wouldn't that be brilliant - let's start a new party and let's divide our vote, so that you can never win. No, we're not interested in that. We have tremendous [polling figures]."
Just days ago Trump's eldest son said that his dad was still the 'future' of the Republican party when he spoke to Fox News' Sean Hannity ahead of the CPAC speech.
Donald Trump Jr added that any Republicans who support his former president father are 'following an America First agenda' to 'fight for the hard-working men and women' of the United States.
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