From President Donald Trump's May 17 U.S. Coast Guard Academy Commencement Address:
DONALD TRUMP: Now I want to take this opportunity to give you some advice. Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted, but you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine.
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. 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. Thank you. I guess that's why we won. Adversity makes you stronger. Don't give in, don't back down, and never stop doing what you know is right. Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy, and the more righteous your fight, the more opposition that you will face.
I've accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short time as president. Jobs are pouring back into our country, a brand-new Supreme Court justice who's going to be fantastic for 45 years, a historic investment in our military, border crossings, thank you to our general, are down more than 70 percent in just a short period of time -- a total record, by the way, by a lot. We've saved the Second Amendment, expanded service for our veterans. We are going to take care of our veterans like they've never been taken care of before. I've loosened up the strangling environmental chains wrapped around our country and our economy, chains so tight that you couldn't do anything, that jobs were going down, we were losing business. We're loosening it up. We've begun plans and preparations for the border wall, which is going along very, very well. We're working on major tax cuts for all. We are going to give you the largest tax cut in the history of our country if we get it the way we want it, and we're going to give you major tax reform. And we're also getting closer and closer, day by day, to great health care for our citizens, and 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.