'America is back,' President Trump tells Naval Academy grads

Trump tells Naval Academy grads US is ‘respected again

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On his way to give the commencement address Friday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., President Trump said the summit with North Korea "could even be the 12th", after canceling the summit the day before. But Trump said America has once again chose to speak the truth of our military's strength: "In case you have not noticed, we have become a lot stronger lately".

Trump said Friday that "we will have the strongest military that we ever had".

"Contrast this to the personal and professional honor of the sitting president of the United States, who time and again makes small choices guided by self-interest, ego, impulse and immediate self-gratification", they write. A lot of things have happened. A growing number use their platforms to denigrate America's incredible heritage, challenge America's sovereignty, and weaken America's pride. "Yes, they're respecting us again", he said. "In recent years, the problem grew worse". A lot. We are not going to apologize for America. He added "and when did we ever need it more?". We are going to stand up for America.

He also maintained the tradition of absolving the class of all minor offenses on their records, and praised the academy's sports teams, while saying he would not mention the last Army-Navy football game, which the Army won 14-13.

"And we are going to stand up for our men and women in uniform".

As he drew near to the end of his remarks, the president pointed out that he was given the option to leave the commencement ceremony after delivering his speech, or to stay for just the top awardees, or stay to shake the hands of each graduate. Trump spoke to the Coast Guard Academy's graduating cadets the week before.

ORIGINAL POST, 9:34 a.m.: President Donald Trump is set to address the 2018 graduates of the United States Naval Academy.

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