During a commencement speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, President Donald Trump set aside time to give the graduating class some advice about never giving up.
As he spoke at the academy in Connecticut, Trump said,
You have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history -- and I say this with great surety -- has been treated worse or more unfairly.
The president then moved on to a part of his speech that essentially advised the graduates to the ignore the haters, saying,
You can't let them get you down. You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams. I guess that's why I won... I guess that's why we won.
And then came the self-endorsement. After declaring that he has accomplished a "tremendous amount" of work since the inauguration, Trump said,
We are setting the stage right now for many, many more things to come. And the people understand what I'm doing, and that's the most important thing. I didn't get elected to serve the Washington media or special interests. I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women of our country, and that's what I'm doing.
Trump also thanked the class for its service, as Fox News' report notes, but by the end of his speech the most notable portions of the president's address to a graduating class appeared to be about Donald Trump.
Trump's word stuck out even more because of the cloud of controversy currently hanging over Washington.
Since the New York Times reported on Tuesday that allegedly Trump asked the FBI Director to stop investigating former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, there has been relative silence from White House.
Trump has not sent out one of his typically defiant tweets, nor has his press secretary, Sean Spicer, briefed the press.
Now, however, it seems that Trump has essentially replied to the unflattering reports in the press, even if it required making a graduation speech about himself.