WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s address to the 2018 graduates of the United States Naval Academy (all times local):
President Donald Trump is telling graduates at the United States Naval Academy that “we have begun the great rebuilding of the U.S. military.”
Trump says Friday in Annapolis that “we will have the strongest military that we ever had.” He added “and when did we ever need it more?”
Trump said the “best way to prevent war is to be fully prepared for war” and said that if “a fight must come, there is no other alternative. Victory.”
Speaking to graduates, Trump praised the military, saying of the Navy “you don’t give up, you don’t give in.” He also stressed his commitment to veterans.
President Donald Trump is set to address the 2018 graduates of the United States Naval Academy.
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).
Trump will speak to 1,042 newly commissioned ensigns and second lieutenants. He is expected to highlight his efforts to boost federal defense spending.
On Twitter Friday, Trump said he looks “forward to being with some of the greatest people on earth!”
It will be Trump’s first time speaking to the academy’s graduating class. Last year, Trump addressed the Coast Guard Academy.