Trump talks to Naval Academy grads on how to pronounce Nevada

Trump talks to Naval Academy grads on how to pronounce Nevada

Fact checkers are having a field day with President Donald Trump's commencement speech at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday.

President Donald Trump says the United States is "talking to" North Korea after he canceled a planned summit with leader Kim Jong Un.

"In case you haven't noticed, we have become a lot stronger lately", Trump said during a commencement address.

"We'll see what happens". "We are going to stand up for our citizens, stand up for our values and stand up for our men and women in uniform".

"Odder still is POTUS here has a legitimate thing to boast about - 2018 brings the biggest military pay raise (2.4%) in 8 years", Tapper noted, before observing that if Trump had told the truth "that would be acknowledging Obama gave a bigger pay raise in 2010". That money will be used in part, Trump said, to grow the USA fleet closer to his goal of 355 ships, up from the current count of about 280.

Mr. Trump pointed to the administration's $700 billion in spending this year to rebuild the military, plus $716 billion next year. "And when did we need it more than now?"

"We know that the best way to prevent war is to be fully prepared for war", he said.

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.

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

When they called out for him to stay, the president said, "I'll stay, I'll stay". Winning is such a great feeling.

Last year, he gave remarks at the U.S. Coast Guard graduation ceremony in New London, Conn.



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