Trump accused of 'throwing tantrum' while addressing US Coast Guard

Pro-left US media outlets are having a field day with President Donald Trump's commencement address at the US Coast Guard (USCG) Academy, accusing him of throwing a tantrum about how he's been treated "unfairly" lately.

Trump has been in the centre of negative press surrounding his sudden decision last Tuesday (May 9) to fire FBI director James Comey.

Allegations also surfaced this week that the President disclosed highly classified intelligence secrets to Russia's foreign minister.

Trump hit back at his "critics and the naysayers" in his speech to graduating class of the USCG.

"Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media," he said to laughter from the crowd.

"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," he added.

Anti-Trump news sites seized the opportunity to slam the President for hijacking the speech to whine.

"Donald Trump is not acting like a man who is fit to be President," said a report by Politicus USA, while USA News Post and Occupy Democrats labelled him a "crybaby".

"Rather than focus entirely on, say, the graduates in front of him, or on that which they will be doing now that they've graduated, Trump claimed yet again that the media and pretty much everyone else is out to get him," Bipartisan Report commented.

Well, Trump did veer back to the audience:

"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 you will face."

...before reverting to himself:

"I've accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short time as President."

He went on to list the accomplishments, including his administration's "historic investment" in the US military and how jobs are "pouring back" into the country.

He spent about four minutes talking about himself in the 28-minute speech.

To be fair, he was merely trying to offer some life advice to the USCG graduates using his own experience, which happens to be fraught with controversy.

"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," he said.

"Things will work out just fine."

Indeed - he got elected against all odds, didn't he?

on SPH Brightcove

huizhen@sph.com.sg

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