Trump gives commencement address at US Naval Academy

ImagePresident Trump attended the commencement ceremony at the Naval Academy in Annapolis

But in recent years, the problem grew worse.

President Donald Trump heralded more than 1,000 newly-commissioned US Navy and Marine Corps officers on Friday for becoming "leaders in the most powerful and righteous force on the planet" as he delivered the commencement address at the US Naval Academy.

The president began his commencement address by praising the graduates' diligence and patriotism, in a speech that seemed to largely stick to the script.

"The best way to prevent war is to be fully prepared for war, and hopefully we never have to use all of this attractive new powerful equipment but you know you're less likely to have to use it if you have it", Trump said. "We're going to see what happens". "Yes, they're respecting us again", he said. Trump is traveling to Annapolis, Md., to address the U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremonies. In a statement, Trump says his administration will fight to ensure the nation's military has the resources "to fight the courageous fight so they may return, safe and sound, to their loving families and friends". "We have rediscovered our identity, regained our stride and we're proud again", Trump said.

"I fought for you", said Trump of the raises. "A growing number used their platforms to denigrate America's incredible heritage, challenge America's sovereignty, and weaken America's pride", Trump said. He added "and when did we ever need it more?"

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, handsome words" would be the only option in the event of inevitable conflict.

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

"Or, I could stay and shake hands with just the top 100". I represented you well.

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