President Trump addresses US Naval Academy

Donald Trump Says ‘Our Ancestors Tamed a Continent' and ‘We Are Not Going to Apologize for America’

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Before traveling to Annapolis Friday morning to speak at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy, President Trump said the summit with North Korea could still happen June 12.

President Donald Trump stressed the United States' military might as he addressed graduates at the United States Naval Academy Friday, saying the "best way to prevent war is to be fully prepared for war". "We are respected again, I can tell you that".

Speaking to more than 1,000 newly commissioned Navy officers and Marines at Annapolis, the president said the US has regained respect internationally through its military strength. He also patted himself on the back for giving troops pay raises "for the first time in over 10 years", even though the military receives pay raises every year.

Donald Trump Says ‘Our Ancestors Tamed a Continent' and ‘We Are Not Going to Apologize for America’
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Trump has regularly praised Jackson, although at times with a questionable grasp of history.

He also used the speech to highlight his own efforts to boost USA defense spending, touting what he called a "great rebuilding of the United States military". We are going to stand up for our values.

His remarks come a day after he cancelled a planned summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un amid aggressive language from that country. "Nothing like winning", Trump said. "And when did we need it more than now?"

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Trump also touted victory as a paramount virtue during his speech, calling it "a very important word".

"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. On Friday, after the president's comment that the summit might still take place as scheduled, the White House said there are no plans right now for a USA team to try again this weekend to meet with the North Korean in Singapore.

The president said in a statement that it was a "great honor and pleasure" to deliver remarks to the academy's Class of 2018 today.

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During his commencement speech in Annapolis, Maryland Friday, the president told the graduating class the great rebuilding of our military is now underway.

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