Remarks by President Trump Aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 02, 2017

Remarks by President Trump Aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford

Newport News, Virginia

2:28 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  What an honor.  They just gave me this beautiful jacket.  They said, here, Mr. President, please take this home.  I said, let me wear it.  (Laughter.)  And then they gave me the beautiful hat, and I said, you know, maybe I’ll do that.  We have a great “Make America Great Again” hat, but I said, this is a special day, we’re wearing this.  Right?  (Applause.)  I have no idea how it looks, but I think it looks good.  It’s a great-looking hat — just like this is a great-looking ship.

Thank you.  I’m privileged to stand here today with the incredible men and women of the United States Navy.  (Applause.)  American sailors are the best warfighting sailors anywhere in the world.  And it’s not even close.  And, Susan, I am so glad you could be with us.  I know how hard you work — 17 visits.  And she wanted things done right, I will tell you.  They told me she wanted this one done right, in honor of both of her parents, who were great, great people.  And we wanted to introduce this beautiful vessel to the American people.  And I wanted to be here, I wanted to be with you.  So, Susan, and to your family — unbelievable job.  Unbelievable.  (Applause.)

The soon-to-be commissioned Gerald R. Ford USS — what a place.  It really feels like a place.  You stand on that deck, and you feel like you’re standing on a very big piece of land.  But this is better than land.  It will not only be a great symbol of American strength, but a great legacy for your father, and our former President, Gerald Ford. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump Aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford”