May 17 (UPI) — President Donald Trump delivered the commencement speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, where he praised cadets and pledged to continue to serve the best interests of the country.
“Over the course of your life, you will find things are not always fair, you will find things happen to you that you do not deserve and not always warranted but you have to put your head down and fight fight fight,” Trump told the graduating cadets.
The president’s remarks came amid growing scrutiny of his handling of the investigation into Russian ties to his election and his firing of FBI Director James Comey. On Tuesday, the White House denied a New York Times report that said Trump asked Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn‘s ties to Russian diplomats.
In his speech Wednesday, Trump criticized news media for what he called unfair — and unprecedented — attacks on his administration.
“No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly,” he said. “Ÿou can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and naysayers get in the way of your dreams.
“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.”
At the ceremony, in-line with tradition at U.S. military graduations, the president also “pardoned” the cadets for their “oversights or slight violations” during their time at the academy.
Regarding his own actions in office, Trump said he’s achieved a lot.
“I’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short time as president,” he said, listing domestic labor efforts, diplomatic affairs and the confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice among his accolades.
“Never, ever, ever give up,” Trump said. “Things will work out just fine.”