Mike Pence praises West Point cadets, Trump at ceremony

27 Mai, 2019, 08:38 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • May 7 are to graduate from prestigious West Point the US military academy

Vice President Mike Pence told West Point graduates Saturday that it was a "virtual certainty" that they would see combat at some point.

"You are, as the president likes to say, the best of the best". "You will lead soldiers in combat".

"Your Commander-in-Chief proposed the largest defense budget in American history: $750 billion to ensure the strongest fighting force in the history of the world becomes stronger still", Pence said in his speech.

Pence said the US plans to send another 1,500 troops to the Middle East because of an increase in threats from Iran.

The cadets leave West Point as U.S. Army second lieutenants. The administration is also depending more heavily on the military to deter migrants from crossing the U.S. -Mexico border. "And some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere". The academy will graduate its 5,000th woman Saturday. Pence said graduates also included the academy's 1,000th Jewish cadet. Pence did not serve in the military but he acknowledged his father, an Army veteran of the Korean War, now deceased. It included 221 women, more than in any class since the first group of female cadets graduated in 1980, and 32 black women, the most in any class in West Point's history.

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According to data released by West Point, the class of 2019 includes 110 African Americans (11 percent), 79 Asians or Pacific Islanders (eight percent), 88 Hispanics (nine percent) and seven Native Americans (0.7 percent). "So thank you for the honor".

This was his second time officially visiting West Point, and his first time delivering a commencement address at the school. Trump has not addressed the cadets as many presidents have before him.

Last year Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered the commencement speech at West Point. In 2016 it was Joe Biden and in 2017 the speaker was then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

Perhaps most famously, George W Bush used the 2002 ceremony to outline his doctrine of pre-emptive intervention that led the United States into Iraq.

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