Trump Tells Naval Academy Graduates: 'We're Respected Again'

U.S. Naval Academy graduation; Trump delivers remarks

"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 promised to shake the hands of every Naval Academy graduate following his speech.

The president said in a statement that it was a "great honor and pleasure" to deliver remarks to the academy's Class of 2018 today.

Mr. Trump pointed to the administration's $700 billion in spending this year to rebuild the military, plus $716 billion next year. "He is a physical coward, a liar and no leader at all".

"And in case you haven't noticed, we have become a lot stronger lately, the president said - a lot", he added.

Obviously zinging his predecessor's infamous policy of apologizing and appeasement, the president spoke about the "cynics and critics who try to tear down America", noting that the "problem grew worse" in recent years. "A growing number used their platforms to. weaken America's pride". 'We are not going to apologize for America, we are going to stand up for America.

Trump will give the commencement speech in Annapolis Friday, a day after highlighting American military preparedness as he canceled a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"These fine sailors have spent the last several years preparing to lead the United States Navy in both times of peace and crisis", Trump said. "We know the best way to prevent war is to be fully prepared for war".

The president told the graduates that his interest in building up the military is as a means to prevent war but also told the graduates that "victory, winning, attractive words" would be the only option in the event of inevitable conflict. "I fought for you", the president said.

"I'll stay, I'll stay", the president said, responding to the applause from the audience. "Yes, they're respecting us again", he said.

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