Trump Makes Speech at West Point After Receiving Backlash About Putting Graduates at Risk for Coronavirus

Trump’s speech to the graduating cadets comes after he threatened to use American troops on U.S. soil in response to the Black Lives Matter protests stemming from George Floyd’s murder. Twenty-three states called in the Guard to help quell the protests, CNN reported.

Though the president did not explicitly reference the current protests, he alluded to “turbulent” times and thanked the National Guard for “ensuring peace, safety and the constitutional rule of law on our streets.”

"What has made America unique is the durability of its institutions against the passions and prejudices of the moment," he said. "When times are turbulent, when the road is rough, what matters most is that which is permanent, timeless, enduring and eternal."

During Trump's commencement ceremony, protestors sailed along the nearby Hudson River in kayaks and sailboats as well as outside the venue.

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