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

PHOTO: Reuters

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.

Trump sworn in as 45th US president

  • President Donald Trump assumed power Friday with a fiercely nationalistic vow to put "America first," declaring a new political era after being sworn in as the 45th US head of state.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people stood in the rain-splattered National Mall to see the 70-year-old Republican billionaire take the oath of office and deliver a stridently populist call-to-arms.
  • Former US president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn arrive for the inauguration of President Trump.
  • Former US president Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • Former US President George W. Bush and his wife Laura.
  • Bush put up a struggle with his poncho.
  • American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a donor to the Trump campaign.
  • Senators Bernie Sanders and John McCain.
  • "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land," Trump said, promising an end to business-as-usual in Washington.

    "From this moment on, it's going to be only America First."

  • "Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, DC. And giving it back to you, the people."
  • While the US capital city no longer provides official crowd counts, the turnout was visibly smaller than for Barack Obama's two inaugurations, in 2009 and 2013, with sections of the Mall and bleachers along the parade route left empty.
  • And as the incoming leader rallied his supporters for the swearing-in, throngs of his opponents also converged on Washington.
  • Most of the protests - by an array of anti-racist, anti-war, feminist, LGBT, pro-immigration and marijuana legalization groups - were noisy but peaceful, though sporadic violence marred the day.
  • Between 400 and 500 masked, black-clad protesters carrying anarchist flags smashed windows, lit fires and scuffled with riot police in downtown Washington, blocks from the parade held in Trump's honour, with over 90 people arrested for vandalism.
  • Even the peaceful protesters were intent on spoiling Trump's party - letting out a deafening roar as the presidential limousine known as "The Beast" rolled by on the way to the White House.
  • "Not my president! Not my president!" they yelled, as the pro- Trump crowd in bleachers across the street chanted "USA! USA!".
  • Trump's inauguration caps the improbable rise to power of the Manhattan real estate magnate who has never before held elected office, served in government or in the armed forces.
  • His speech was far from the typical optimistic inaugural address that tries to bridge political divides and lift Americans' gaze up to the horizon.
  • It was a deliberate and striking contrast from the uplifting message of Obama, the outgoing president who was among the dignitaries in attendance.
  • Obama and his wife Michelle departed the Capitol by helicopter moments after the swearing-in ceremony, turning a page on eight years of Democratic leadership in the White House.
  • At a Congressional luncheon afterward, Trump led a standing ovation for his defeated election rival Hillary Clinton, saying he was "honoured" that she and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, attended his inauguration.
  • When Trump descended the escalators of his glitzy New York tower in June 2015, his run for office was roundly dismissed and even mocked.
  • Trump and First Lady Melania Trump dance during the Armed Forces ball at the National Building Museum.
  • Trump, the first lady Melania Trump, US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen cut a cake after dancing at the Armed Services ball.

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?

huizhen@sph.com.sg

More about
DONALD TRUMP

VIDEOS TO WATCH

SERVICES