On Friday, President Donald Trump has described the respected United States Coast Guard as a “brand” during a ceremony which celebrated a change of command between Admiral Paul Zukunft and Vice Admiral Karl Schultz.
“Last season, during the hurricanes, I was in Texas, I was in Florida, I was in Puerto Rico. I saw the work you did under the most adverse conditions, and I’ve said this to a lot of people, I don’t think any brand has gained more momentum or has gained more of anything, than the brand of the United States coastguard,” the President said.
At a point in his speech, the Trump seemed to have difficulty pronouncing the word “prowess” while reading it off the teleprompter.
The President, in his trademark, colloquial style, referred to hurricanes the Texan coast guard dealt with as “monsters,” saying there had never been a “water dump” like it in history. Trump also said he asked an officer if the ships used by the coastguards were in danger of being sunken by the titanic waves; apparently, the officer told him they were and could be.
“I said, how dangerous is it? He said, sir, you don’t want to know,” Trump recalled.
“I said, can the boats ever go down? You know, we have great equipment. Can the boats ever go down? And he said, yes, sir. And that’s when I decided I won’t be joining the coastguard, but he said they go down, no matter how big you build them, with those big, powerful waves,” the President continued.
It is well-known that Trump never served in the military, having received five draft deferments during the Vietnam War, four for being in college and another for bone spurs. During an interview with The New York Times in 2016, he said, “I had a doctor that gave me a letter — a very strong letter on the heels.”
He said the medical issue was “not a big problem, but it was enough of a problem.”
“They were spurs,” Trump said. “You know, it was difficult from the long-term walking standpoint.”
tfw you're reading aloud and you encounter a word you don't know pic.twitter.com/POyJF9BhHt
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 1, 2018