Donald Trump delivered a speech to a half-empty room of supporters at the CPAC conference on Friday morning. The empty room is not entirely Trump’s fault, as his 8:45 a.m. speech was the first of the day.
In his speech, Trump spoke on the countries current financial issues as well as the need for improved political leadership in America.
"We're run by either very foolish or very stupid people," he said during his speech. "What's going on in this country is unbelievable. Our country is a total mess, a total and complete mess, and what we need is leadership."
The polarizing businessman went on to make controversial statements on how America should go about recovering some of the money spent on the War in Iraq.
“When I heard that we were first going to Iraq, some very smart people told me we're actually going for the oil, and I said, 'Alright, I get that, there's nothing else, I get it,'" Trump said. "We didn't take the oil. And then when I said, we spent $1.5 trillion, we should take that -- you know, they have the second-largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia, so $1.5 trillion is nothing ... we should take it and pay ourselves back."
Trump also criticized Karl Rove’s super PAC American Crossroads for its failure to elect any of the candidates it backed for the 2012 elections.
"When you spend $400 million and it's a failure, and you don't have one victory, you know there's something seriously, seriously wrong," he said.
The speech is being criticized as self-aggrandizing by some. Trump spent a large portion of the speech talking about his personal business accomplishments and projects, while dismissing his critics.
“I'm continually criticized by total lightweights all over the place," he said. "It's unbelievable. When you see these guys on television, they can't buy a clean shirt, and they're saying 'Donald Trump, he's nothing.” Trump added that Mitt Romney should have touted his own business accomplishments more aggressively during the 2012 campaign.
“Republicans and Mitt, and I told him this, didn't talk enough about the things he did, the great things," Trump said. "They were in the defensive instead of taking that offense."
Trump added that another problem with America is a lack of communication between leaders. “That’s the problem with the country,” he told CPAC. "That’s a small thing, but that’s the problem with the country.... You don’t hear from people.”
Trump’s speech drew a mediocre response from the crowd. Many in attendance have said the speech was overly-critical of current GOP leadership.