President Trump has been the biggest proponent of the U.S. military since the beginning of his 2016 Presidential campaign.
It has been one of the reasons he has kept such a steady base with conservatives throughout his current tenure as Commander-in-Chief.
In keeping with his commitment to honor and support the troops, President Trump addressed the 2019 graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy:
President Trump delivers remarks at the 2019 United States Air Force Academy Graduation: “To the thousands of moms and dads and grandparents and family members beaming with joy … thank you for raising rock, ripped American patriots” https://t.co/AfEIFrfeM5 pic.twitter.com/i0QLEVeSwa
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 30, 2019
The entertainer in Trump really shows up on stage, as evidenced by his calling up the college homerun derby champion-cadet:
Trump invites up an Air Force graduate who is also the college home run derby champion, and says, “I want to feel this guy’s muscles.” He then feels the man’s arms.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 30, 2019
Here’s a tweet by the granddaughter of an honorary Blue Angel, including a video clip of President Trump’s entrance to the event:
President Trump enters the stadium at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. pic.twitter.com/xvl6JRSgwS
— Terri Green (@TerriGreenUSA) May 30, 2019
Bradford Betz of Fox News covered the President’s commencement speech in further detail:
“President Trump stayed after his commencement speech at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Thursday to shake hands with nearly 1,000 graduating cadets.
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‘They [Trump’s advisers] gave me a choice. They said, “Sir, you don’t have to shake any hands, some people do that,”‘ Trump told the audience. ‘You can shake one hand, to the one person, top of the class. You can shake 10, 50 or 100, and you could also stay for 1,000, OK?’ Trump said to cheers.
During his commencement, Trump told the graduating cadets: ‘To dominate the future, America must rule the skies. And that is what your time at this great academy has been all about – preparing you to do whatever it takes to learn, to adapt and to win, win, win.'”
The Hill also had a story on the President’s commencement speech, highlighting his encouraging remarks about the military’s strength and importance:
“President Trump on Thursday touted the need for American military strength as he delivered a commencement address celebrating the Air Force Academy’s graduating class of 2019.
Trump gave a roughly 30-minute speech in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he spoke of innovation in the military, including the development of his long-desired Space Force, and expressed confidence the cadets in attendance would uphold the Air Force’s legacy as a premiere fighting force.
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The president has made increased investment in the armed services a key part of his administration’s agenda. He repeatedly emphasized the importance of American military might in maintaining order.
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‘Nothing will ever strike fear in the hearts of our enemies, or inspire more confidence in our friends than the roaring engines of American fighter jets, flown by the greatest pilots on the planet earth by far: You,’ Trump said Thursday.”
This President is the Commander-in-Chief in the truest sense, and his appearance at the Air Force Academy graduation is further proof of that fact.
Here is a video of the 45th President respectfully and enthusiastically greeting, congratulating, and shaking the hands of each of the academy graduates: