Trump shakes hands with nearly 1,100 US Naval Academy graduates

Trump shakes hands with nearly 1,100 US Naval Academy graduates

October 10, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


… CHARLES: WELL THAT WAS OF COURSE THE BIG MOMENT AT THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY GRADUATION AND CEREMONY HEADING INTO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERING THE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH AND AFTER HE SHOOK THE HAND OF EVERY SINGLE GRADUATE, YES, EVERY SINGLE ONE, WE’RE TALKING NEARLY 111, 1,100 HAPPENED SHAKES BACK WITH US RETIRED NAVY CAPTAIN WILLIAM PARKER FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF OF NAVAL SURFACE FORCES. CAPTAIN JUST A REMARKABLE SCENE THERE TODAY WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF IT ALL?>> WELL IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR EVERY ONE OF AMERICA’S SONS AND DAUGHTERS THAT HAVE DECIDED TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY LESS THAN ONE-HALF OF 1% OF THE POPULATION DOES THAT. IT’S A GREAT THING TO HAVE THE PRESIDENT SHAKE EVERY ONE OF THEIR HANDS AND IT WAS FANTASTIC TO SEE THE SMILES ON THEIR FACE AND THE PRIDE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD IN THEM. CHARLES: DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL REALLY GOOD OR BETTER ABOUT WHERE WE ARE OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE AN ALL VOLUNTEER MILITARY TO BEGIN WITH, I KNOW THE MORALE SUFFERED THROUGH DRAMATICALLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP TALKED ABOUT THE BIGGEST RAISES THEY’VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME AND THE KIND OF MONEY COMMITTED TO MAKING OUR ARM FORCES BETTER.>> LOOK WE WENT FROM 600 SHIPS 30 YEARS AGO, AVERAGING 100 SHIPS UNDERWAY ON A DAILY BASIS TO TODAY, 285 SHIPS WITH 100 SHIPS SO THE SAME NUMBER OF SHIPS ARE UNDERWAY AND YET WE HAVE HALF THE SHIPS WE HAD BEFORE THESE SAILORS ARE WORKING HARD SMARTER THAN THEY WERE IN THE PAST CERTAINLY SMARTER THAN I WAS, COULDN’T BE PROUDER OF THEM. CHARLES: WE HAVE SOME GREAT YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY AND WANT YOU GUYS TO COME ON UP. AND WHILE YOU COME UP CAPTAIN PARKER WANTS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU GO THROUGH.>> ABSOLUTELY SO LOOK THESE FOLKS THAT GO THROUGH THE TRAINING THESE FOLKS ARE ABSOLUTE ROCK STARS 23 IS MY FAVORITE NUMBER BECAUSE IT’S A PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION IN THE UNITED STATES THAT IS ACTUALLY ELIGIBLE TO EN LIST IN THE NAVY SO IT’S A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THESE GUYS ARE ABSOLUTE ROCK STARS DOING GREAT THINGS FOR AMERICA AND FOR OUR SECURITY. CHARLES: PRESIDENT TRUMP TALKED ABOUT HOW THE URGENCY WAS THERE IN THIS NEW WORLD ORDER, CHINA MILITARIZING MANMADE ISLANDS, YOU KNOW, VIOLENCE AROUND THE WORLD, DICTATORS AND EVEN THOUGH WE’VE SORT OF PUSHED BACK ISIS AND OTHERS THEY RECONSTITUTE FAIRLY QUICKLY WHENEVER THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY.>> LOOK YOU HAVE A COMPRESSION RIGHT NOW OF CONFLICTS HAPPENING YOU GO BACK AND LOOK IN PREVIOUS HISTORY YOU HAVE 40 OR 50 YEARS BETWEEN CONFLICT NOW YOU HAVE THEM OVERLAPPING WITH EACH OTHER WE HAVE FOLKS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN AROUND THE WORLD IN SYRIA WORKING THOSE ISSUES THIS IS A VERY COMPLEX ENVIRONMENT AND THESE FOLKS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB WITH VERY LIMITED RESOURCE GOOD TO SEE THE PRESIDENT FOCUSING ON INCREASING THE SIZE AND TECHNOLOGY NEEDED FOR THESE FORCES. CHARLES: LET ME GO AND TALK TO A COUPLE OF OUR FOLKS HERE AS I BRING THE SWAG YOU GUYS LIKE SWAG HA? GEORGE TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.>> SO I’M FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, GOING INTO MY SENIOR YEAR AT THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY AND I’M LOVING IT. THIS HAS BEEN A REAL TREAT TO BE HERE THIS WEEK AND TO HONOR ALL THE STUFF THAT NEW YORK CITY HAS ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET FOR US CHARLES: TREATING YOU GOOD?>> HI I’M FROM MICHIGAN I’LL BE A SOPHOMORE OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY AND I CAN JUST SAY IT’S AN HONOR TO GO THERE AND I’M EXTREMELY EXCITED FOR OUR NEWLY-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS TO JOIN FLEET. CHARLES: ARE YOU THE ONE WHO KEEPS THE PIECE TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE DOESN’T GET TOO ROWDY THIS WEEKEND?>> THAT’S CORRECT I’LL DO MY BEST. CHARLES: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?>> BUFFALO, NEW YORK. CHARLES: YOU SIR?>> I’M FROM LOUISIANA SIR, BEEN THERE 13 YEARS NOW. CHARLES: 13 YEARS?>> YES, SIR. CHARLES: IS THIS YOUR FIRST FLEET WEEK IN NEW YORK?>> YES, SIR. CHARLES: SO YOU HEARD ABOUT IT?>> NEVER BEEN APART OF IT UNTIL NOW. CHARLES: ARE YOU EXCITED?>> VERY EXCITED. CHARLES: YOUNG LADY?>> I’M FROM NEW YORK I’VE BEEN IN THE NAVY FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS AND STATIONED OUT IN VIRGINIA BEACH. CHARLES: I WANT TO SAY TO EVERY ONE OF YOU WE’RE SO PROUD OF YOU THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND FOR ME