Trump declared 'unity' in a socially distant speech with West Point graduates amid racial tension





WASHINGTON - President Point Donald Trump saluted the service and sacrifice of West Point's graduating class on Saturday, calling the cadets farsighted military heroes and encouraging them to stand up for freedom and equality in times of conflict. Division.

In his remarks that emphasize unity, Trump said in his opening speech that the U.S. government is not. What is unique about the nearly 1,100 undergraduate cadets who have led historically is "the stability of our institutions against the interests and prejudices of that time."

"When time is turbulent, when the road is rough, what is most important is eternal, timeless, eternal, and eternal."

Trump's inaugural address - his first speech at West Point - came at a time when his own relations with the military had become tense and protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities across the country due to racial tensions and domestic unrest. The race made demands. Justice and police reform.

The graduation ceremony was an extraordinary, reflective of the challenges faced by middle-Americans in the coronavirus pandemic.

Gray-uniformed cadets dressed in white-faced masks marched across the huge parade ground practicing social disturbances and watched the ceremony from folding chairs six feet away. The diplomats were handed over early, so instead of walking on stage, the cadets saluted Trump and other members of the official party when his name was called.

Handshakes are not allowed. Parents, relatives, and friends were not allowed to participate. But one tradition remained: the cadets threw their hats into the air at the end of the ceremony, with military helicopters flying overhead.

Lieutenant General Daryl A. Williams, Superintendent of the U.S. Army Academy, noted the unusual nature of the ceremony. But, "there's still a celebration," he said.

Trump announced in April that he would make his inaugural speech for 2020 - a decision that has been sharply condemned by critics, forcing a deadly attack on future military leaders. Accused.

Cadets were sent home in March when the epidemic struck and they completed their studies through distance education. Only graduating seniors returned for Saturday's event, known as the grounds from the on-campus football stadium.

In his nearly half-hour remarks to graduates, Trump hailed West Point as "a universal symbol of American heroism, loyalty, devotion, discipline and great skill."

Trump, who welcomed the ceremony with artillery explosions and a 21-gun salute, paid tribute to the diversity of the graduating class, including young people and women from every state and every race and religion. Color, and Creed. "

"But when you get on the field, you become part of a team and a family, proudly serving an American nation," he said. "You mimic the power of a shared national purpose to overcome all differences and achieve true unity."

Trump urged cadets to follow West Point statistics, such as General George Patton and General Douglas MacArthur, who said, "Never spray American solids."

“These great leaders are not afraid of what others will say about them,” he said. "They don't care. They know that our job is to protect our country."

Trump, who did not wear a face mask while on stage, has identified the deadliest number of coronaviruses, which has infected more than 2 million Americans and killed 115,000 people. He called the virus "invisible ..." from a distant country called China.

But he swore, "We shall extinguish this plague."

Trump also celebrated a new branch of the armed services - the newly created space force, and said that under his observation the US was ending an "era of endless wars."

"It is not the duty of American troops to resolve ancient conflicts in remote areas that many have never heard of," he said.

"We are not the world's policemen. But let our enemies take notice. If our people are threatened, we should never hesitate to act."

Trump's speeches reflect his first graduation speech at West Point, although he has spoken to graduates at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Air Force Academy in Colorado, Colorado and the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Trump's comments to West Point graduate cadets have diminished his own ties with the nation's military leaders.

Trump Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Mille, admitted Thursday that the military was wiped out following the death of George Floyd, mostly by allowing the military to participate in a political response to the president in peaceful protests. Trump's defense secretary, Mark Graff, has expressed his willingness to change the names of Army fortifications honored by Confederate generals, a Trump refusal.

In the meantime, West Point has sparked the same ethnic tensions. In an undercover survey obtained by USA Today, minority cadets said military officers face harsh and subtle discrimination based on the country's superior training. In April, one of his classmates raised the survey by posting racist videos.

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