Donald Trump to Naval Academy Graduates: 'America Is Back'

Donald Trump Says ‘Our Ancestors Tamed a Continent' and ‘We Are Not Going to Apologize for America’

"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.

Both the NYT and the Associated Press also picked up on Trump's dubious math in this statement: "We have now the lowest number of ships that we've had since World War I, and very soon you're going to get to 355 attractive ships. 355".

"We're talking to them now", Trump said.

"We'll see what happens", Mr. Trump said. 'We are not going to apologize for America, we are going to stand up for America. Trump spoke to the Coast Guard Academy's graduating cadets the week before. We are going to stand up for America.

The New York Times pointed out that Trump provided alternative facts at least three times, including taking credit for ending the defense sequester, vowing to provide the Navy with "a couple hundred" more ships and falsely claiming the U.S. Navy had not had a pay raise in 10 years.

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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. "No more apologies. We are going to stand up for our citizens, we are going to stand up for our values and we are going to stand up for our men and women in uniform", Trump said. "Victory. Winning. Beautiful words", Trump said.

The president also praised the history of America's military dominance, but said that in recent years there were people who denigrated the US.

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

When they called out for him to stay, the president said, "I'll stay, I'll stay".

During his commencement speech in Annapolis, Maryland Friday, the president told the graduating class the great rebuilding of our military is now underway.

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