President Donald Trump warned graduating Coast Guard cadets on Wednesday that life is unfair, sharing an unconventionally gloomy outlook on the future as the commander in chief himself tries to regain his footing after more than a week of staggering headlines.
“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,” Trump said.
His comments come one day after a New York Times report alleged that the president asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn during a private Oval Office meeting in February.
That report came one day after a damaging Washington Post story alleging that the president disclosed highly classified information during last week’s Oval Office meeting with Russian officials.
Both stories hit Washington as the White House continued to struggle to defend the president’s abrupt firing of Comey last Tuesday. But while Trump’s aides have scrambled to craft the appropriate messaging strategy to deal with the fallout, the president seemed to hint at how he plans to move forward.
“You have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never ever, ever give up,” he told the cadets, echoing what he told Liberty University graduates last weekend. “Things will work out just fine.”
Trump’s “advice,” as he framed it, took a personal turn when he brought media coverage of his administration into the mix, declaring that no politician has ever been treated as badly or unfairly as he has.
“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately,” Trump said, as some in the audience burst into laughter, “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.”