Trump gives commencement address at US Naval Academy

Mae Love
May 26, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks at the commissioning and graduation ceremony for U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2018 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., May 25, 2018.

"Our country has regained the respect that we used to have long ago", said Trump, who did not mention North Korea in his remarks.

"We have rediscovered our dignity, regained our stride and we are proud again", he said. 'We are not going to apologize for America, we are going to stand up for America.

"Odder still is POTUS here has a legitimate thing to boast about - 2018 brings the biggest military pay raise (2.4%) in 8 years", Tapper noted, before observing that if Trump had told the truth "that would be acknowledging Obama gave a bigger pay raise in 2010".

"A nation must have pride in its history to have confidence in its future", Trump said Friday. We are going to stand up for America.

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Mr. Trump pointed to the administration's $700 billion in spending this year to rebuild the military, plus $716 billion next year. "No more apologies. We are going to stand up for our citizens, we are going to stand up for our values and we are going to stand up for our men and women in uniform", Trump said.

Trump also touted victory as a paramount virtue during his speech, calling it "a very important word". In a statement, Trump says his administration will fight to ensure the nation's military has the resources "to fight the fearless fight so they may return, safe and sound, to their loving families and friends". "I work in a museum and every single day people come in, whether or not they can pronounce Nevada the way I pronounce Nevada, it doesn't matter to me".

The president began his commencement address by praising the graduates' diligence and patriotism, in a speech that seemed to largely stick to the script. Winning is such a great feeling.

More than a thousand students graduated from the Naval Academy this year.

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