Trump at West Point: 'We Will Only Fight to Win'

The president also vows to 'vanquish the virus'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2020 10:30 AM CDT
Trump at West Point: 'We Will Only Fight to Win'
United States Military Academy graduating cadets wear face masks as they stand next to their socially-distanced seats during commencement ceremonies, Saturday, June 13, 2020, in West Point, NY.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool)

President Trump dismissed "the passions and prejudices of the moment" and promised to "vanquish the virus" in his Saturday commencement speech at West Point—where roughly 1,100 graduates were socially distanced 6 feet apart at Plain Parade Field in New York, CNN reports. "This premier military academy produces only the best of the best—the strongest of the strong—and the bravest of the brave," Trump said as he read from a teleprompter. "West Point is a universal symbol of American gallantry, loyalty, devotion, discipline, and skill." Among other remarks in his nearly 30-minute speech:

  • "What has historically made America unique is the durability of its institutions against the passions and prejudices of the moment," he said, per Bloomberg. "When times are turbulent, what matters most is that which is permanent, timeless, enduring and eternal."
  • "To the 1,107 who today become the newest officers in the most exceptional Army ever to take the field of battle, I am here to offer America's salute. Thank you for answering your nation's call."
  • "It is not the duty of US troops to solve ancient conflicts in faraway places. When we fight, from now on, we will only fight to win."
  • "We will vanquish the virus," he said, per CBS News. "We will extinguish this plague."
  • "You came to West Point because you know the truth: America is the greatest country in human history. And the United States military is the greatest force for peace and justice the world has ever known."
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