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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

President Trump blames the media (again) while admonishing Coast Guard grads to "never give up."

Lauds his work as president.

President Trump took his blame-the-media speech to New London, Connecticut Wednesday where he gave the commencement address to the 2017 graduating class of U.S. Coast Guard.

The president admonished the graduates to "never give up", suggesting he won the presidency because he never gave up his fight against "unfair" events, "especially by the media."

"Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media", Trump said.

"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 told the graduates they "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.

Trump may be wondering if his tenure as president will 'work out just fine' as he has come under fire by the media (and by Democrats and Republicans alike) for his charge with Russia and his firing of then-FBI Director James Comey. Trump is accused of asking Comey to end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and his ties with Russian officials.

[See: Dems call for impeachment of President Trump]
[See also: President Trump said Comey told him, three times, he was not  under investigation]

Trump lauds his work since becoming president.

Not all of the president's remarks were about his relationship with the media. He also praised the Coast Guard for their work, while lauding his own.

"I’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short time as President", Trump said.

"Jobs pouring back in to our country; a brand-new Supreme Court justice; a historic investment in our military; border crossings are down more than 70 percent in just a short period of time (by a lot); we’ve saved the Second Amendment, expanded service for our veterans, and we are going to take care of our veterans like they’ve never been taken care of before", he said to audience applause.

[See: Trump's jobs claim fact checked].

And there are more claims the president said he has done since becoming president (parts truncated, see entire speech here).

"I’ve loosened up the strangling environmental chains wrapped around our country and our economy; we’ve begun plans and preparations for the border wall, (which he claims "is going along very, very well"); we’re working on major tax cuts for all, and we’re also getting closer and closer, day-by-day, to great health care for our citizens.

[See latest article on rising health care rates]

"And we are setting the stage right now for many, many more things to come", the president said to an enthusiastic audience.

With what the Trump administration has already brought in such a short period of time, more Americans may wonder if they can handle Trump's claim of "more to come", and wonder if America is really "winning like never before"?

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President Trump responds to news Robert Mueller pegged to investigate U.S. elections tampering by Russia.

"As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.  I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.  In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.