President Donald Trump on Thursday delivered a tribute to World War II veterans in which he described the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which left 2,335 U.S. military members dead, as a “pretty wild scene.”
During his speech, Trump told the veterans that the military is being built up more powerfully than ever before because it had been “depleted” by past administrations.
“We are building up the military beyond what you ever thought,” he said. “We got depleted. You know what happened over the last, quite long period of time. Not with us. Our budget will be higher than ever before. We’re building that up again.”
Trump then turned to one of the veterans named George Blake, whom he described as standing “ready to repulse a feared invasion” in 1941.
“That was a pretty wild scene,” Trump said of the Pearl Harbor attack. “You’ll never forget that.”
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Trump later said that, following the attack, a “battle cry could be heard by American friends and foes alike: Remember Pearl Harbor.”
The veteran standing closest to him smiled and began to sing the lyrics to the Sammy Kaye song.
“Let’s remember Pearl Harbor as we go to meet the foe. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo,” he sang.
“We will always remember how they died for liberty. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, and go on to victory.”
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