President Tells Coast Guard Graduates to Never Back Down CSPAN May 17, 2017 9:01pm-9:34pm EDT
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london, connecticut. [applause] trump: thank you very much. thank you. thank you. thank you and congratulations to the class of 2017, great job. general kelly, i want to thank .ou for your leadership you have been something very special to us as a country and to me in our administration. you have done throughout your entire life an incredible job defending your country, thank you very much. [applause] and john and all of his folks are doing an incredible job protecting our
homeland and our border, and i'm thrilled that my first address to the service academy is the graduation surmise for the united states coast guard. believe me, it's a great honor. [applause] donald trump: i have been here before. it's a very, very special place. every cadet graduating today as your commander in chief, it is truly my honor to welcome you aboard. [applause] and you should take a moment to celebrate this incredible achievement. governor malloy, thank you for being here. governor, thank you. we're glad you could join us. i know how busy the governors are nowadays. they are out there fighting. it is never easy. the budget sorry little tight. we're doing a job. all of us are doing a job working together. i want to also thank admiral zukohf and his leadership. his leadership has been amazing.
today's graduates will be fortunate to serve under such capable and experienced commandant. he really is. fantastic. thanks also to admiral rendon. the academy superintendent, admiral, i understand you come from a true coast guard family. two brothers, a nephew, a cousin have all passed through these halls. that's very impressive. i guess you like the place, right? [applause] donald trump: somebody in your family has been doing something right, i can tell you that. i'm sure they are all very proud just as we're very proud of the fine young officers who are graduating today, admiral, on your watch. i would also like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all of the parents, and the grandparents, and family members who have supported these amazing
graduates. give your parents and everyone a hand. come on. [applause] donald trump: because america has families like yours, and we'll keep all of those families safe and very, very secure. you are keeping your families safe now. if you are not already, you are about to become military families. so starting today i hope you feel the full gratitude of our nation. these fine young cadets are about to take their rightful place on the frontline of defense for the united states of america. cadets, you deserve not only the congratulations but the gratitude of each and every american. we all salute you. a proud nation.
[applause] donald trump: and you are a part of a very, very proud nation. which salutes the 195 cadets of the coast guard academy class of 2017. good job. [applause] donald trump: and i understand from the admirals that this has been a very special class. you have been trained here to handle the toughest of situations. the hardest of moments really that you can experience. and the hardest in people's lives to help the weak in their hour of need. but even for the coast guard, this class has been exceptionally dedicated to public service. you served breakfast at the local food bank every single week day. you rebuilt a home with habitat for humanity. last year you led cadets in donating a total of 24,000
hours, a lot of time, to community service. you have done amazing work, and in the true coast guard fashion, you had fewer people and fewer resources, but you accomplished the objectives, and you did it with skill and with pride. and i'd like to say under budget and ahead of schedule. we're doing a lot of that now in the united states government. [applause] donald trump: we're doing a lot of that. i won't talk about how much i saved you on the f-35 fighter jet. i won't even talk about it. or how much we're about to save you on the gerald ford, the aircraft carrier. that had a little bit of an overrun problem before i got here. you know that. still going to have an overrun problem. we came in when it was finished. but we're going to save some good money. when we build the new aircraft carriers, they are going to be built under budget and ahead of schedule. just remember that.
that will allow us to build more. now, of course, there are always a few slip-ups from time to time. you know that. that will allow us to build for example, i understand that once or twice, first class cadet bruce kemp -- where's bruce? where's bruce? ah bruce, how do you do this to yourself, bruce? as regimental parking officer, might have accidentally caused a few tickets to be issued, or a few of your cars to be booted. bruce, what's going on with you? but cadets, from this day forward, we want everyone to have a clean slate in life. that includes bruce, right? and so for any oversights or small violations that might have occurred this year, as tradition demands, i hereby absolve every cadet serving restrictions for
minor offenses. now, bruce stand up once again. [laughter] donald trump: they saved you, bruce, because they all wanted me to do that, ok. thank you, bruce. congratulations, bruce. now you are everyone's -- good job. by the way, bruce, don't worry about it. that's the tradition. i was forced to do that. you know that. don't worry. this is truly an amazing group of cadets that are here today for commission. you could have gone to school anywhere you wanted, and with very, very few responsibilities by comparison. instead, you chose the path of service. you chose hard work, high standards, and a very noble mission to save lives, defend the homeland, and protect america's interests around the world. you chose the coast guard.
good choice. good choice. [applause] donald trump: you have learned skills they don't teach at other schools right here on the ground of this academy. and also on your larger campus, the open sea. that is a large, large campus, isn't it? a beautiful campus. but the greatest lesson you have learned at this proud institution is the knowledge you have learned about yourself. it's the knowledge that each and every one of you is something very special. you are leaders. for the first stormy days of your swab summer, to your final weeks as a first class cadet, you have been expected to take responsibility to make decisions and to act. and i like all leaders that's exactly what you have to do.
you have to act. and you have to act properly. and you have to learn how to act under great, great pressure. you are all going to be under great pressure. you have to learn how to respond and to act under great pressure. just days from now you will put this vital skill into the service of your ships, your sectors, and your country. you'll serve as deck watch officers on our amazing coast guard cutters. you'll bring law and order to the dangerous waters as boating officers. you will block it illegal shipments of cash, weapons, and drugs are you will battle the scourge of human trafficking, something people have been talking about, one of the big plagues of the world, not our country only, the world. americans will place their trust in your leadership just as they have trusted in generations of
coast guard men women with respect for your skill, with awe at your courage, and with the knowledge that you will always be ready. .ou are always ready not only will our citizens trust in your leadership, your commanders will trust you as well. the coast guard is the gold standard in delegated decision-making down to chain of command. so as your instructors have at the academy, your coast guard commanders will explain their vision, and the nibble trust you to get the job done. ,ust like i, as your president will also trust you to get the job done. it is amazing to think of the adventures that are about to begin for you.
across the country this month, millions of other students are graduating high school, college. many others are wondering just what am i going to do? they are saying to themselves, what are they going to do? you know what you are going to do. many students are graduating, saying, what am i going to do? where will i go to work? you know it. you fixed a beautiful one that we are proud to have you. [applause] years from now, some of them may look back and ask themselves whether they have made the right choice, whether they have made the most of the opportunities they have been given. in the coast guard you will face many challenges and many threats . one thing you will never have to face is that question of, what will i do?
when you look back, you won't doubt. you will know exactly how you lives.our time saving i look at your admirals. i look at general kelly. i look at some of the great people in service, and i want to are excited about life. they love their country, they love protecting our country, and they love with they do. is that right? i did not think anyone would say no. that would ruin our speech. you always know just what you will be, the leaders of the united states coast guard. [applause] and when they see your uniform, everyone in the world will know exactly what that means, what standard, and really if you think about it,
when you talk about the great sailors and sailors of the world, we have them. but what stranded sailor doesn't feel relief when those red racing stripes break the horizon? what drifting so let's see with sea withort -- soul at only a short time left doesn't rejoice at those chopper blades coming down to rescue them from death? poisonous, peddling, drug tremble with't fear when the might of the coast guard comes bearing down on them ? in each case we know the reason, america's life-saving service is on the way. the coast guard is truly vital to the united states armed forces and truly vital to our
great country. [applause] donald trump: out of the five branches of the armed services, it is only the coast guard that has the power to break through 21 feet of rock solid arctic ice, right? you are the only ones. i
am proud to say under my administration, as you heard, we will be building the first new heavy icebreakers the united states has seen in over 40 years. [applause] donald trump: we need them. we need them. watch at guard stands our ports, patrols our waterways, and protects our infrastructure. you defend america in a world of
massive and very grave threats. soon some of you will be leaving boardings of suspicious vessels, searching for deadly weapons, and detaining criminals that keep our people safe. others of you will work with partners in scores of countries around the globe, bringing in the full power of the united states coast guard right up to those distant shores. some of those shores are very far away. secure our borders from judge -- drug cartels and terror threats. coast guard cutters patrol more than 1500 miles below the southern border. a lot of people didn't know that. pride, you realize it is with the great skill and tremendous speed, our coast guard men and women interdict
dangerous criminals and millions and billions of dollars worth of the illegal narcotics every single year. your helicopters launch from the decks of world-class national security cutters, and they chase drug smugglers at speeds are in excess of 15 not -- knots. the incredible coast guard snipers take their aim at the smugglers' engines. time after time, they take out .he motors on the first shot they don't like wasting the bullets, right? they actually don't. stormsce through roaring and through pouring rain and crashing waves is a place where few other people will ever venture.
exciting. exciting, but you have to have it in your heart. you love it. in the coast guard, you don't run from danger, you chase it. you are deployed in support of operations, in theaters of conflict all around the world, but not only do you defend american security, you also prosperity.ican the mission that goes back to the earliest days of the revenue cutter service -- i studied that. the coast guard helps keep waters open for americans to do business. it keeps rivers flowing with commerce, and the keeps the ports churning with american exports. you help billions and billions of dollars of goods to navigate our country every day. you are the only federal
presence on the inland waterways. you police the arteries we need to rebuild this country and to bring prosperity back to our heartland, and we are becoming very, very prosperous again. you can see that. think of the glorious mission that awaits. you will secure our harbors, waterways, and borders. you will partner with allies to advance our security interests at home and abroad, and you will pursue the terrorists who will stop -- or you will stop the drug smugglers and seek to keynote all who would do harm to our country, all who can never, ever love our country. together, we have the same mission, and your devotion and dedication makes me truly proud to be your commander in chief. [applause]
donald trump: thank you. now i want to take this opportunity to give you some advice. over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair. you will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted, but you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. ever give up. things will work out just fine. look at the way i have been treated lately. especially by the media. , and itician in history ety,this with great assur has been treated worse or more unfairly. you cannot let them get you down
. you cannot let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams. [applause] donald trump: i guess that is why -- thank you. that is why we won. adversity makes you stronger. don't give in, don't back down, and never stop doing what you know is right. ever, ever,h doing, ever came easy, and the more righteous your right, the more opposition you will face. i have accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short time as president. jobs are pouring back into our country. a brand-new supreme court justice, who is going to be fantastic for 45 years -- [applause] donald trump: by historic
investment in our military, border crossings -- thank you to our general -- are now down 70% in a short period of time, a total record by a lot. we have saved the second fordment, expanded service veterans. we are going to take care of our veterans like they have never been taken care of before. [applause] donald trump: i have loosened up the strangling environmental change wrapped around our country and economy, chains so tight you could not do anything that jobs were going down. we were losing business. we are loosening it up. we have begun plans and preparations for the border wall , which is going along very, very well.
we are working on major tax cuts for all. we are going to give you the largest tax cut in the history of our country if we get it when we want it, and we will give you major tax reform. we also getting closer and closer day by day to great health care for our citizens. and we are setting the stage for many more things to come. the people understand what i am doing, and that is the most important thing. i did not get elected to serve the washington media were special interests. i got elected to serve the forgotten men and women of our country, and that is what i am doing. [applause] stopd trump: i will never
fighting for you, and i will never stop fighting for the american people. as you leave this academy to embark on your exciting new voyage, i am heading on a very crucial journey as well. in a few days, i will make my first trip abroad as president with the safety, security, and interest of the american people as my priority. i will strengthen all friendships and will seek new but partners who also help us, not who take and take and take. partners who help, and partners who help pay for whatever we are doing and all of the good we are doing for them, which is something that a lot of people have not gotten used to and just can't get used to it. i say, get used to it, folks. [applause] donald trump: i will ask them to
unite for a future of peace and opposition, for our peoples, and the peoples of the world. first in saudi arabia, where i will speak with muslim leaders and challenge them to fight hatred and extremism and embrace a peaceful future for their faith. and they are looking very much , asard to hearing what we europe is additive, -- as your representative, we have to say to stop radical is like terrorism. -- islamic terrorism. then in israel, i will reaffirm our unbreakable alliance with the jewish state. in rome, i will talk with pope francis about the contributions of christian teachings to the world. finally, i will attend the nato summit in brussels and the g7 in
sicily to promote security, prosperity, and peace all over the world. i will meet scores of leaders and honor the holiest sites of these three great religions. everywhere i go, i will carry the inspiration i take from you each day, from your courage and determination to do whatever is protect to save and american lives, to save and protect american lives. we want security. you are going to give us security. [applause] in just one: example, we see how priceless gift of life is to the people that you touch every day. a few years ago on a coast guard helicopter, a rescue swimmer took off in the direction of three terrified
fishermen who sunk to their -- clung to their sinking and burning vessel. they did their jobs well. they flew over the sea despite tremendous danger and extended a helping hand at the moment it was most urgently needed. there was very little time left, but that is not the most remarkable part of that story. as one coast guard swimmer put it, you do that stuff all the time. you do it every hour of the day. something is happening all the time. job, aan amazing remarkable thing happened with that rescue, but when you think of it, you do those rescues all the time. the vietnamese fishing captain
grabbed his hand, looked at the rescuer and said, i was asking god to please let me live. i need to see my kids. please god, please, let me live so i can do my kids. then god sent me you. that is what he said. [applause] to every new officer and to every new coast guard member here today or out protecting life around the world on some of the roughest borders anywhere, you truly are doing god's work. what a grateful heart you must all have, because it is with my very grateful heart and america's cheers for the coast guard, and america cheers for you often, that we wish you good luck. as your commander-in-chief, i think you, i salute you, and i once again congratulate the coast guard class of 2017.
god bless you, god bless the coast guard, and god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. thank you. thank you. good luck, enjoy your life. >> on friday, president trump's -- trump begins a weeklong overseas, the first of his presidency. he meets in saudi arabia and israel, where he meets with prime minister netanyahu and talks about the wall in jerusalem. meetingls to rome for a with pope francis before a nato meeting in brussels. the last stop, sicily, for a meeting of the g7 conference.
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