President Trump delivered a commencement address at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland Friday, declaring to the graduating class that "America is back" and "respected again" on the worldwide stage.
The president praised the 1,042 newly commissioned ensigns and second lieutenants and highlighted his efforts to boost federal defense spending. We are respected again. He added "and when did we ever need it more?".
The 2018 class included 283 Navy aviators, 276 surface warfare officers, 236 Marines, 135 Navy Seals, 70 restricted line officers, and 15 explosive ordinance disposal technicians.
"In case you haven't noticed, we have become a lot stronger lately", Trump said. "Yes, they're respecting us again - Yes, America is back".
"The best way to prevent war is to be fully prepared for war, and hopefully we never have to use all of this lovely new powerful equipment but you know you're less likely to have to use it if you have it", Trump said. "We are not going to apologize for America, we are going to stand up for America". We are going to stand up for America. "In recent years and even decades, too many people have forgotten that truth", Trump said.More news: 'American Idol' finale ends with a twist
"A growing number used their platforms to denigrate America's incredible heritage, challenge America's sovereignty and weaken America's pride", he said. "We are going to stand up for our values, and we are going to stand up for our men and women in uniform".
Mr. Trump said he was given the option of leaving immediately after the ceremony, or staying to shake hands with all the graduates.
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.
Actually, Trump didn't win Nevada in 2016, but he did pronounce the Silver State's name correctly at the Naval Academy.