Trump to Coast Guard Academy Grads: ‘No Politician in History … Has Been Treated Worse’ by the Media

By Melanie Arter | May 17, 2017 | 1:06 PM EDT

President Donald Trump (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( – In a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy in Groton, Conn., President Donald Trump complained that he has been treated unfairly by the media – worse than any other politician in history.

“Over the course of your life, you will find that things that are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted, but you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine,” he said. “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media.


“No politician in history – and I say this with great surety - has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams,” the president said.

He said that “adversity makes you stronger” and advised graduates never to give in, back down, or “stop doing what you know is right.” The president added that “nothing worth doing” comes easy, “and the more righteous your fight, the more opposition that you will face.”

The president ticked off a list of accomplishments he’s made so far during his presidency.

“I’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short time as president. Jobs are pouring into our country, a brand new Supreme Court justice – who’s going to be fantastic for 45 years, a historic investment in our military, border crossings - thank you to our general - are down more than 70 percent in just a short period of time – a total record by the way, by a lot,” Trump said.

“We’ve saved the 2nd Amendment, expanded service for our veterans. We are going to take care of our veterans like they’ve never been taken care of before. I’ve loosened up the strangling environmental chains wrapped around our country and our economy – chains so tight that you couldn’t do anything, that jobs were going down. We were losing business. We’re loosening it up,” he said.

“We’ve begun plans and preparations for the border wall, which is going along very, very well. We’re working on major tax cuts for all,” he said, pledging to give the American people “the largest tax cut in the history of our country if we get it the way we want it.”

He also said his administration is “getting closer and closer day by day to great health care for our citizens.” He said “the people understand what I’m doing, and that’s the most important thing.”

“I didn’t get elected to serve the Washington media or special interests. I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women of our country, and that’s what I’m doing. I will never stop fighting for you, and I will never stop fighting for the American people,” Trump said.

He said as graduates leave to “embark” on their new voyage, he is planning his first trip overseas as president, where “the safety, security, and interests of the American people” will be his priority. He said he will “strengthen old friendships” and “seek new partners” who help the U.S. pay for what the U.S. is doing – not partners who take.