UPDATED 10:43 AM PT — Fri. June 1, 2018
President Trump attended the Coast Guard Change of Command ceremony, where he called the military branch the “first line of defense and the best of the best.”
During his speech Friday, President Trump praised Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft for nearly a half a century of service.
He commended the branch for enhancing national security, saying the U.S. is safe because “our Coast Guard is strong.”
The presdient specifically thanked the Guard for a strong response during hurricane season, and for cracking down on drug smuggling.
“I don’t think any brand has gained more momentum, or has gained more of anything than the brand of the United State’s Coast Guard,” said President Trump. “People have tremendous respect for the United States Coast Guard.”
The Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson was also in attendance, and applauded the Coast Guard as “vital members of the national security team.”