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President Trump delivers commencement speech at US Naval Academy

26 May, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • President Donald Trump delivers remarks during the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony Friday

"James Stockdale chose to smash his own face in with a stool rather than give "aid and comfort" to the enemy", they write, describing Stockdale's capture and imprisonment during the Vietnam War.

The President was warmly received at the Academy, where graduates and their families gathered at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The president began his commencement address by praising the graduates' diligence and patriotism, in a speech that seemed to largely stick to the script. "Our country has regained the respect that we used to have long ago overseas, yes they're respecting us again, yes, America is back".

"You are warriors, you are champions, and you will lead us only to victory", Trump told the graduates. "He is a physical coward, a liar and no leader at all".

"In case you haven't noticed, we have become a lot stronger lately", Mr. Trump said.


"A growing number used their platforms to denigrate America's incredible heritage, challenge America's sovereignty and weaken America's pride", he said.

But the President, addressing reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing for the Naval Academy, made clear the door to diplomacy remains open - cooling fears that the scuttled summit could mean a return to the saber-rattling that has defined the US-North Korean relationship for much of Trump's presidency. We are going to stand up for America. I represented you well. "In recent years and even decades, too many people have forgotten that truth", Trump said. Trump spoke to the Coast Guard Academy's graduating cadets the week before.

Trump said the "best way to prevent war is to be fully prepared for war" and said that if "a fight must come, there is no other alternative".

At the conclusion of his remarks, Trump said that he planned to remain at the graduation to shake each graduate's hand.

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