President Donald Trump will spend hours at the U.S. Naval Academy shaking the hands of the nearly 1,100 graduates after delivering a commencement address, he said Friday.
“I was given an option. I could make this commencement address, which is a great honor for me, and immediately leave and wave goodbye. Or I could stay and shake hands with just the top 100. Or I could stay for hours and shake hands with 1,100 and something. What should I do? What should I do?” he jokingly posed to the crowd that chanted, “Stay.”
“Ok, I’ll stay,” he declared.
Trump delivered a triumphant speech during the ceremony, saying, “We are not going to apologize for America. We are going to stand up for America. No more apologies. We are going to stand up for our citizens. We are going to stand up for our values. And we are going to stand up for our men and women in uniform.”
The president continued to tout his record in passing a $700 billion increase in military spending and a recall of American accomplishments culminating the section of his address with a simple declaration: “America is back.”