President Trump delivers commencement address at Coast Guard Academy

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — President Donald Trump, in his first public appearance since a memo was released where Trump asks former FBI Director James Comey to stop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, spoke to the cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday.

In his speech, Trump recognized Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, despite their previous political attacks on one another. He also acknowledged the budget crisis occurring here in Connecticut.

President Trump spoke to the cadets for just under 30 minutes, often highlighting the critical role of the Coast Guard to the nation’s security.

Towards the end of his speech, the President took a moment to discuss his treatment by the media.

Hats off to the graduating class of 2017 at the Coast Guard Academy. President Trump touched on the efficiency of the Coast Guard, and thanked the Coast Guard and the cadets for always being ‘under budget and ahead of schedule’.

Trump’s visit to Connecticut has many people divided. The President’s visit brought with him lots of road closures, crowds of supporters and protesters. The entire area is swarming with law enforcement people and vehicles. The small campus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is one of the most secure places on earth Wednesday.

Related: Fishermen work to get Trump’s attention on Thames River


Related: Groups and Groton prepare for Presidential visit

Of course, that won’t stop people from trying to get a glimpse of the President. Keep in mind, you can’t park, you can’t even pull over on the motorcade route. Streets will be closed, as will I-95 at least for a little while because that’s the only way to drive over the Thames river from Groton to New London. So good luck seeing the President.

Then there are the people who want the president to see them. There are always people looking to protest the president. Maybe there are more than usual with this particular president. Some local fishermen have a plan to park a group of boats out in the Thames, outside the 500 years security perimeter, with signs that say ‘Make commercial fishing great again.’

Related: Police in Groton announce parking restrictions ahead of Trump visit

“If we get noticed that would be good because we would like to have the president review some regulations and ease up the way things are working for fishermen before we are gone completely,” said Joseph Gilbert, Regulus.

But let’s remember this day is supposed to be about the cadets who are about to become newly commissioned officers. Usually when you cover a college commencement ceremony, you ask the graduates whether they have a job lined up. Not a problem for the men and women graduating Wednesday. They will go out and serve aboard coast guard vessels or stations through the country and even in other parts of the world.

Related: President Trump protesters and supporters rally in New London park

There will be street and highway closures as President Trump has arrived around 10:20 a.m.  He leaves a little before 2 p.m.

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