Trump heralds US military in Naval Academy commencement address

Angelica Greene
May 25, 2018

President Donald Trump on Friday told the graduating class of Naval Academy students that the US military is "respected again" under his leadership.

The President was warmly received at the Academy, where graduates and their families gathered at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Trump repeatedly warned Thursday the USA military would be ready if Kim reacted "foolishly" and the region returned to heightened tensions.

"You are now leaders in the most powerful and righteous force on the face of the planet", Trump said. "We're going to see what happens". "We're respected again", the commander-in-chief said.

His remarks come a day after he cancelled a planned summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un amid aggressive language from that country.

In his speech Friday, Trump also targeted "critics and cynics" within America who he said have sought to downplay the U.S.

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Speaking to graduates, Trump praised the military, saying of the Navy "you don't give up, you don't give in". "No more apologies. We are going to stand up for our citizens, we are going to stand up for our values", he said in a thinly veiled shot at ex-President Obama.

"Our economy is the strongest it's ever been and our country has regained the respect that we used to have long ago overseas", stated President Trump.

They go on to list other courageous actions taken by Naval Academy graduates over the years - and then compare them with the actions taken by Trump, who was busy at the time cheating on his three wives and being a reality TV game show host. And I had to learn that to win the state.

"The best way to prevent war, is to be fully prepared for war", Trump said.

"What should I do?" he asked the crowd. Winning is such a great feeling.

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