Trump lashes out at critics, 'naysayers,' unfair treatment

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Trump's address comes as he and his administration face building pressure over a series of major ongoing controversies.

President Donald Trump congratulated graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for choosing military service during the commencement address on Wednesday.

Several media outlets say Trump is expected to encounter heavy security and vocal demonstrators at the graduation. "No politician in history.has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said. Trump said he was elected to serve "the forgotten men and women of our country".

"You can't let them get you down", he said. "And they look to the United States Coast Guard to fill that vacuum".

"Even though it's uncomfortable, even though they may not want to hear it" they deserve the truth, he said, adding that America is a "nation of laws".

"No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines explaining why it can't be done", Trump told graduates at the evangelical school in Lynchburg, Va.




The pair of scandals - two of the most serious Trump has faced during a presidency not short of controversies - have many wondering if they may prompt rank and file Republican congresspeople to start turning on the unpopular president - and whether impeachment is now a possibility. During Wednesday's speech, Trump continued that trend and used a larger bully pulpit to counterpunch at his critics.

"Don't back down, and never stop doing what you know is right", he thundered.

The president's comments were the first public statements he has made since the New York Times published a ground-shaking report alleging that Trump had asked then FBI Director James Comey to intervene in the investigation of his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Update, 11:51am: President Trump just took the mic to start his address.

While Trump didn't speak directly about the Comey situation, the criticism he's faced for firing Comey abruptly earlier this month, or allegations that he shared sensitive intelligence with Russian officials in the Oval Office, he railed generally against the unfairness of life.

President Donald Trump has arrived in CT to address graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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