Thursday, 25 May, 2017

President Trump delivers commencement address to Coast Guard Academy

Freda Brock | 19 May, 2017, 21:08

In his own brief remarks, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the Coast Guard Commandant, said he would be in Washington later this week trying to nail down Coast Guard budget increase promises with the House Appropriations Committee. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

Trump said that EMALS was too complicated - "You have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out" - and that a return to steam might be in the offing for future carriers of the Ford class to boost savings.

Trump is offering his advice at the academy's commencement in CT, telling the graduates that they will find that "things are not always fair". "Don't give in. Never back down". He spoke at Liberty University's commencement in Lynchburg, Virginia on Saturday for his first commencement address as president. For the last 48 hours, the administration's been pummeled by negative news stories.

Trump's comments come on the heels of an explosive report on Tuesday that the president asked James Comey, who was recently-fired as FBI director, to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump used part of his speech to the United States Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday to complain about how the media treats him. They will not always be treated fairly, he said, and things will happen to them that "you do not deserve". "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams", he continued.

If this White House is anything like those in the past, it will remain caught up in the crisis for weeks and months to come.

Looking overseas, two guys who Trump may have heard of, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, would have something to say about this "treated unfairly" business. Ryan also insisted the Trump controversies were not paralysing Republican legislative efforts in Congress.

Considering he thinks people understand what he's doing, it's unusual that Trump's approval rating is at an all-time low of 42%, and that's even before his most recent controversies.

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"Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media", Trump said.

"I determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", he said.

"Out of the five branches of our Armed Services, it's only the Coast Guard that has the power to break through 21 feet of rock-solid Arctic ice, right?" he told the cadets. As Trump was speaking, about 250 protesters gathered in a park just outside the academy.

The Day of New London reported about 200 people attended the anti-Trump protest, while a few dozen attended the pro-Trump rally.

For a president who in most polls has never commanded the support of a majority of his public, the accumulated toll of self-inflicted wounds has been a challenge from the start.

BECK JORDAN-YOUNG: He's uninformed. And I'm really scared about what that means for my nieces and nephews who are out there serving this country.

HORSLEY: Trump got a warmer reception inside the Academy football stadium where the ceremony was held.

TRUMP: From this day forward, we want everyone to have a clean slate in life.

But his own political troubles were not far from his mind.

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