Making his second and last commencement address of the season - he spoke Saturday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. - Trump began his remarks in a traditional vein, lauding the graduates for their accomplishments and thanking them for their service to the United States.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, says she was assured by White House officials that "the transition would be done in an orderly fashion to preserve continuity".
The Speaker of the House, who is third in line for the presidency and also responsible for overseeing all House oversight activity, later spoke about how Congress can not rush to judgment: "We have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House". He had not been briefed on it according to the national security advisor. Within a week administration budget director Mick Mulvaney denied the cuts had been considered.
He was joined on stage by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft. In retweeting the message, Trump Jr. added a single word of commentary: "Truth".
Users who commented on the thread also shared images of other influential personalities they believe had suffered more, including Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Malcolm X among others. But he says, 'you can not let them get you down'.
Protesters were visible outside the Coast Guard facility on Wednesday morning as Trump arrived.
"He looked his Coast Guard rescuer in the eye, and said: 'I was asking God to please let me live".
Trump was offering his advice at the academy's commencement in CT, telling the graduates that they will find that 'things are not always fair.' But, he added, 'you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight'. "I hope you can let this go".
"I guess that's why we won", he said.
Indeed in his own speech, Trump sounded nearly giddy at times about the more glamorous aspects of life aboard ship, interdicting illegal drugs, and saving lives.
The Coast Guard is famous for rescues at sea. And you are deployed in support of operations in theaters of conflict all around the world.
But no, nobody has been persecuted as much as Donald Trump, despite all he's done for us. It keeps our rivers flowing with commerce. "Every couple days, there is a new aspect of this really unhappy situation", McCain said. "You are the only federal presence on our inland waterways". And we are becoming very, very prosperous again.
Also Tuesday, in an extraordinary turn of events, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to turn over to Congress records of Trump's discussions with the diplomats.
It is a similar story in the Virginia governor's race, where Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam this week lined up with those calling for a special prosecutor, and former Rep. Tom Perriello going a step further, saying, "It is incredibly important that we see leaders in Washington start to proceed with impeachment and special prosecutor proceedings".
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