‘America is the greatest fighting force for peace, justice and freedom in the history of the world, and in case you haven’t noticed, we have become a lot stronger lately. A lot,’ he told Naval Academy graduates. ‘We are not going to apologize for America, we are going to stand up for America. No more apologies.’
Trump said that America has ‘regained the respect that we used to have long ago abroad’ under his leadership in remarks that were targeted at former President Barack Obama.
Donald Trump said Friday that America will not apologize for its military might or allow its national pride to be weakened as he hit out at his predecessor in office during a commencement address
They came at a time, however, when the respect that North Korea has for the United States was being called into question after Kim Jong-un’s regime insulted the vice president and threatened to back out of a nuclear disarmament summit.
Before Pyongyang could make a decision Trump said that the United States would The no longer attend the June 12 talks in Singapore.
At the graduation ceremony on Friday Trump did not mention the dispute as he talked about America’s reputation yet suggested that Kim should beware.
The president said that enemies of the U.S. that try to ‘tear down America’ have found that’s ‘not working too well lately.’
Every generation a foe tries to denigrate America’s incredible heritage, challenge its sovereignty and weaken its pride, he said.
‘But we know the truth. We will speak the truth and we will defend that truth,’ Trump stated.
‘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,’ hes said. ‘Because we know that a nation must have pride in its history to have confidence in its future.’
Trump told the graduates of the Naval Academy that they were beginning their service at a ‘truly exciting time’ in American history, when there’s a ‘great reawakening of America spirit and of American might.’
‘We have rediscovered our identity, regained our stride and we’re proud again,’ he said.
‘Prosperity is booming at home, our economy is the strongest it’s ever been and our country has regained the respect that we used to have long ago abroad.
Trump told the audience of soldiers, ‘Yes, they’re respecting us again. Yes America is back.’
The president meant the remarks as an affront to Obama, who was routinely accused by his ideological opponents of being an apologist for America.
In 2016, Trump, on the other hand, ran on a promise that he would ‘Make America Great Again’ starting with the U.S. military, which he has more aggressively funded.
On Friday, Trump told grads, ‘We are all-in for America, as never before. We are all-in for our great country.’