'America is back,' President Trump tells Naval Academy grads

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President Donald Trump says it's his great honor and pleasure to give the commencement speech to the U.S. Naval Academy's 2018 graduating class.

"These fine sailors have spent the last several years preparing to lead the United States Navy in both times of peace and crisis", Trump said.

"We have rediscovered our dignity, regained our stride and we are proud again", he said.

Asked about the summit, Trump said Friday: "We'll see what happens, it could even be the 12th", referring to the June 12 date originally set. Trump spoke to the Coast Guard Academy's graduating cadets the week before. 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. Trump told the graduates that "we have begun the great rebuilding of the USA military".

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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 when did we need it more than now?" "And if a fight must come there is no other alternative: Victory, winning, lovely words, but that's what it's all about". "Victory, winning, lovely words but that's what it's all about". 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.

In his remarks at the commencement on Friday, Mr. Trump took note of the carrier Ford as he touted the size and strength of the country's naval forces, including what he said will eventually be "355 handsome ships" in the fleet. "No more apologies. We are going to stand up for our citizens, we are going to stand up for our values", he said in a thinly veiled shot at ex-President Obama. Winning is such a great feeling.

Trump added Friday it was a great time for the graduates to be joining the Navy.