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Trump says he would be ‘best women’s basketball coach’ as ​​he would get LeBron James to transition

Former President Donald Trump took aim at some of his favorite populist targets in a speech on Tuesday before joking that he would be a champion female basketball coach if he entered the sport, because he would persuade LeBron James to play as a woman.

Trump returned to Washington, DC, for the first time since leaving office to deliver a speech at a conference held by the America First Policy Institute.

Earlier Mike Pence, his vice president, had set out a ‘freedom agenda’ roadmap for conservatives, tying the right to life and culture war issues into an appeal to protect American values.

It offered Republicans a stark split screen of the way two possible 2024 candidates would run their campaigns.

In contrast to Pence’s neat roadmap modeled on conservative philosophy, Trump laid out a laughter-filled grab bag of populist talking points. – from executions for drug dealers to moving the homeless from city centers to out-of-town tent cities – before condemning the way transgender athletes can compete in women’s sport.

‘l tell you what if I were ever I’d be the greatest woman’s basketball coach in history,’ he said. ‘Because I don’t like Lebron James…. I like Michael Jordan much better.

‘But I’d go up to Lebron James. It doesn’t matter. I say LeBron, did you ever have any desire to be a woman?

‘Because what I’d love you to do is star on my team that I’m building up, I will have the greatest team in history, they’ll never lose. Nobody will come within 70 points of this team.’

Former President Donald Trump spoke later in the day

Former Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump offered competing visions for Republicans in 2024 with speeches in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Pence urged conservatives to look to the next election-not the last one-in a swipe at his former boss. Trump offered a scattergun attack on populist targets in a typically roundabout speech

Trump mocked transgender athletes in a sequence that included acting out a woman lifting weights, and said he would be the greatest female basketball coach in history by persuading LeBron James to play as a woman

Trump mocked transgender athletes in a sequence that included acting out a woman lifting weights, and said he would be the greatest female basketball coach in history by persuading LeBron James to play as a woman

Trump claimed his team would win by 70 points with James in his team - even though he said he was a bigger fan of Michael Jordan

Trump claimed his team would win by 70 points with James in his team – even though he said he was a bigger fan of Michael Jordan

On Saturday, Trump spoke at a conservative youth conference where he touted his ‘Schedule F’ plans to further career civil servants if he returns to power.

But DailyMail.com has learned he told insiders he did not like the speech, which was ‘too swampy.’

He returned with a much more Trumpy appearance on Tuesday, hitting populist targets and delivering rapid-fire jokes.

He mocked transgender athletes in a sequence that included acting out a woman lifting weights.

‘This guy comes along, he’s named Alice… world record, world record,’ he said to an audience laughter. ‘We could have put another couple hundred pounds on. It’s so unfair.’

He hammered the Biden administration for the level of crime sweeping the country, and repeated his demanded to put drug dealers to death.

‘You execute a drug dealer, you save 500 lives,’ he said, without explaining the source of his statistics.

It was the first time Trump had set foot in the capital since leaving hours ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration in January last year.

And he said the city was unrecognizable because of homeless encampments.

Instead, the former property developer laid out his solution to the problem

Trump has repeatedly teased launching a campaign to retake the White House in 2024

Trump has repeatedly teased launching a campaign to retake the White House in 2024

‘Open up large parcels of inexpensive land in the outer reaches of the city,’ Trump said. ‘Create thousands and thousands of high quality tents.’

He said it was the ‘only way you’re going to remove the hundreds of thousands of people, and maybe throughout our nation millions of people,’ referring to the homeless.

‘It can be done in one day,’ Trump said.

Allies have urged the former president to spend more time talking about his vision for the future and less relitigating the 2020 election as he continues to tease a possible bid to return to the White House.

Across town, Pence managed a gentle swipe at his former boss, urging conservatives to focus on the future not the past.

It came after he ended his speech to the Young America’s Foundation when he was asked about divisions between him and Trump.

‘I don’t know that the president and I differ on issues,’ he said carefully.

‘But we may differ on focus.

‘I truly do believe that elections are about the future. And that it is absolutely essential at a time when so many Americans are hurting, so many families are struggling, that we don’t give way to the temptation to look back.

‘But I think the time has come for us to offer a bold, positive agenda to bring America back.’

The two leaders of the last administration shaping up as 2024 contenders.

Pence is expected to publish a memoir of his time in office in the new year. And he also announced on Tuesday another memoir coming later this year.

‘Excited to announce that “So Help Me God” will be available on November 15,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘It is my story of faith and public service for the country I love so much!’

Pence had been due to appear a day earlier at the Heritage Foundation. However, his appearance of him at the conservative thinktank had to be postponed when his plane could not land because of bad weather.

His speech had been billed as a major roadmap for conservatives to connect with voters.

Pence laid out his 'freedom agenda' as a roadmap for conservatives.  He is widely expected to announce a run for president early in the new year

Pence laid out his ‘freedom agenda’ as a roadmap for conservatives. He is widely expected to announce a run for president early in the new year

Instead, he delivered his remarks in front of a younger audience on Tuesday.

‘There is a cure for what ails America. And that is leadership committed to American freedom,’ he said.

‘Now more than ever, we need to lead America with a freedom agenda focused on the future.’

He linked his policy recommendations to an agenda based on liberty, giving power to individuals rather than institutions.

‘I know Congress can’t solve every problem facing our country and it shouldn’t try,’ he said.

‘A careful study of Congress shows that throughout our history, Congress has done two things well: Nothing and overreact.

‘And so our freedom agenda is about equipping Americans just like you to be able to make the case for freedom, with your neighbors and friends and families and co workers.’

He was able to wrap in the nation’s culture wars to the framework.

‘If we allow the radical left to continue dumping toxic waste into the headwaters of our culture.

‘Politics will get more poisonous than ever.

‘You know the American people are proud of our culture.

‘They believe it’s worth protecting for future generations. As Americans, we believe in those timeless ideals of life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’

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