Photo, above: U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen from the Class of 2018 toss their covers in the air during the graduation and commissioning ceremony at Navy/Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Class of 2018 includes 303 women (25%, the largest number ever) and a total of 402 minority midshipmen (34%) out of the total 1,192 midshipman in the Class of 2018. The Class of 2018 has candidates who accepted appointments from all 50 states, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and 13 international students from: Cambodia, Cameroon , Federated States of Micronesia , Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Montenegro, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Senegal, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates. US Navy photo.
Watch this time-lapse video as President Trump shakes the hand every single one of the 2018 US Naval Academy graduates.
For an hour and a half, President Trump stood on a concrete platform in the hot sun to thank and congratulate all 1,191 graduates and brand-spanking new Navy and Marine Corps officers, his enthusiasm waning nary a bit from the first handshake to the 1,191st.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a Commander-in-Chief! We the People must never let down our guard again and allow the media and George Soros to usher in a national nightmare like Barack Hussein.
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) May 25, 2018
From USNI News
President Donald Trump congratulated the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2018 as they were commissioned Friday as Navy ensigns and Marine Corps second lieutenants.
“Together you are the tip of the spear, the edge of the blade, the front of the shield protecting and defending our nation,” Trump said to the graduating class.
During the Friday ceremony, 784 midshipmen stood and were commissioned as Naval officers, 236 midshipmen stood and were commissioned as Marine Corps officers, and 11 international students graduated and will return to serve their nations.
Nearly four years ago, when the class of 2018 was inducted on July 1, 2014,303 of the 1,191 new midshipmen were women, the largest number of women inducted to a Naval Academy class at that point.
Addressing the class, in a speech laden with congratulations to for their academic and athletic achievements – including beating the Army in 19 sporting events this past year – Trump encouraged the soon-to-be commissioned officers to continue the culture of winning.
“You crave adventure. You chase discovery. And you never flinch in the eye of a raging storm,” Trump said.
In terms of policy, Trump discussed the recently approved Fiscal Year 2018 Department of Defense budget, securing $700 billion to support the military, which ended “the disastrous defense sequester.”
With a FY 2019 defense bill approved this week by the House of Representatives and being worked on by the Senate, Trump added that next year will continue adding money for defense spending for such items as new ships, new equipment and pay raises for military personnel.
“We are recommitting to that fundamental truth, we are a maritime nation,” Trump said. “And being a maritime nation, we’re surrounded by sea, we must always dominate that sea.”
I believe that President Trump is truly in awe of the weight and responsibility of the awesome position in which he has found himself. Awesome, not in the colloquial context, but rather in the literal sense.
It is clear that President Trump spends every waking moment tending to that responsibility as dutifully as he can, keeping in mind that which is of the most benefit to We the People.
Who can ask for more than that?
71 years old, and he did this for 90 minutes. Pretty cool. One of those gestures that I'm sure goes a long way with all those Naval Academy grads
— Deaton (@deaton36) May 25, 2018
He's incredible. So caring. You guys are so lucky
— Pamela (@PamelaGallant2) May 25, 2018
I'm in my early 50's and I don't have the stamina to stand in the sunlight for 90 minutes. God bless @POTUS
— Altair Zielite (@AltairZielite) May 25, 2018
I cannot remember any President or leader who has carried out such a simple act of respect to our front-line heros. Hand on heart I am reading/viewing this article with tears in my eyes.
— Charlie (@Charlie63428560) May 25, 2018