Trump's man in the shadows speaks up...
Steve Bannon, the founder of the Breitbart conservative news service, and the man who is credited with crafting Donald Trump's populist message which has landed him in the White House, has made a rare public appearance at the conservative CPAC Conference in Maryland - and he's had a lot to say.
Mr Bannon declared that one of the first objectives of the Trump administration is the "deconstruction of the administrative state."
The remark was met with applause from the crowd gathered in the National Harbor Convention Center.
He continued to hail the US President's decision to pull out of the TPP trade deal as a signal of intent from the new administration - describing it as "one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history."
"If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction," he added.
"If you think they are giving you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken," he said while fielding a question regarding the media's attitude towards the administration (it is unclear if 'they' are the media, liberals, or someone else).
At one point he used the phrase, "We at Breitbart," suggesting that he's still getting used to his new position as a political operative, not the chief executive of the news site.
"They are the corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed to the economic nationalist agenda that Donald Trump has," he added, commenting on the media's treatment of Mr Trump.
Time Magazine recently called Mr Bannon 'The Great Manipulator'
"The mainstream media better understand ... all those [campaign] promises are going to be implemented," he added.
He stated that his boss is "maniacally focused" on making promises made to the US electorate a reality.
The CPAC conference was one of the first platforms offered to Donald Trump to discuss politics - he will address that gathering again later today.
He walked out to For the Love of Money by the O' Jays at the 2011 conference (a variation of this tune was also used for his WWF appearances) and proceeded to criticise the policies of Barrack Obama, OPEC, existing free trade deals, and labelled China a currency manipulator.
I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
After a series of articles in prominent publications highlighting the influence that Mr Bannon has had on Trump policies, the US President took to Twitter to state that he is making his own decisions.