He emphasized the importance of having a strong military force, which would deter threats to the United States of America, praising the end of defense sequestration and the $700 billion investment in military spending in the last spending agreement passed by Congress.
"In case you haven't noticed, we have become a lot stronger lately", Mr. Trump said. "We've recovered our stride", Trump said, adding that "yes, they are respecting us again" and "yes, America is back".
"We've gained the respect that we used to have long ago". "We are going to stand up for our citizens, stand up for our values and stand up for our men and women in uniform".
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. We are going to stand up for America.
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Trump, who spoke to reporters at the White House before heading to the Naval Academy graduation ceremony, stressed that both sides would like the summit to happen.
The President also credited himself during the commencement speech for a shift in U.S. posture around the globe, vowing "no more apologies" on the world stage.
"We are not going to apologize for America, we are going to stand up for America - no more apologies", he said in his address to graduates. In a statement, Trump says his administration will fight to ensure the nation's military has the resources "to fight the fearless fight so they may return, safe and sound, to their loving families and friends". "In recent years and even decades, too many people have forgotten that truth", Trump said. "America is back", he said.
Trump also touted victory as a paramount virtue during his speech, calling it "a very important word". Winning is such a great feeling.
By law, troops are required to receive a pay raise of at least 1 percent per year.