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Trump tells Navy grads ‘you don’t give up’

Trump tells Navy grads ‘you don’t give up’

President Trump touted his administration's push to increase military spending in a commencement address at the Naval Academy on Friday, telling graduating midshipmen that the US had regained its stride on the world stage.

The White House on Thursday confirmed Trump as the speaker for the May 25 ceremony.

"We are respected again - I can tell you that", he said.

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Carlos Barria Reuters

They go on to list other courageous actions taken by Naval Academy graduates over the years - and then compare them with the actions taken by Trump, who was busy at the time cheating on his three wives and being a reality TV game show host.

Following the commencement address, ABC News released a 41-second time-lapse video of President Trump shaking hands with hundreds of graduates for close to an hour and a half. A lot, ' he told Naval Academy graduates. We are going to stand up for America.

"We have become a lot stronger lately", Trump declared to wild applause, adding "We are not going to apologize for America".

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"You are now leaders of the most power and righteous forces on the face of the planet, the United States Military", he said.

Trump will give the commencement speech in Annapolis Friday, a day after highlighting American military preparedness as he canceled a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon). "And if a fight must come there is no other alternative: Victory, winning, lovely words, but that's what it's all about".

"What should I do?"

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At one point, the president made a vague reference to the Naval Academy's winning streak in the annual Army-Navy matchup, saying he didn't want to mention who won the game, but applauding the school's record of "winning". I represented you well. "We'll see what happens", Trump said.

"Winning is such a great feeling isn't it?"

In closing his remarks, the president applauded the graduates for their service to country and their skill as warriors.

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He told graduates that "we have begun the great rebuilding of the USA military".