Connect with us

The Guardians of Democracy

The Guardians of Democracy

Trump Greeted By Laughter After Boasting To West Point Cadets That His Birthday Is This Sunday


Trump Greeted By Laughter After Boasting To West Point Cadets That His Birthday Is This Sunday

President Donald Trump attended the 2020 commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Saturday, despite concerns that his visit would put cadets and other people at risk due to the coronavirus.

Trump did not shake hands or pass out diplomas to graduating cadets, instead, cadets, who sat 6 feet apart throughout the ceremony, marched to the front of the stage to salute the president. Family and friends were not invited to attend the ceremony but could watch online.

Critics of the president said he was using Saturday’s commencement as an excuse to get out of Washington with little regard for the health and safety of the cadets.

“Trump’s reckless decision to gather 1,000 Cadets at West Point for a speech puts our future military leaders at increased risk—all to stroke his own ego,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., an Iraq War Veteran and a member of West Point’s Board of Visitors, said in an April statement when Trump first announced the trip.

“Our troops need stable, consistent leadership during volatile times like these, not a Commander-in-Chief who values his own photo ops and TV ratings over their health and safety. I urge President Trump to evaluate the potential consequences of this vanity speech and reconsider holding the event,” Duckworth said.

Near the end of his 30-minute speech, Trump told graduates that tomorrow is notable for being both the birthday of the U.S. Army and his own.

“Tomorrow, America will celebrate a very important anniversary — the 245th birthday of the US Army. Unrelated, it’s going to be my birthday also,” he said to some scattered laughter.

“I don’t know if that happened by accident,” he added, “But it’s a great day because of that Army birthday.”

Trump was also mocked online for holding a small glass of water with both hands during the ceremony.


More in NEWS


To Top