When President Donald Trump was presented with a flight jacket and a hat by the crew of the USS Gerald R. Ford, he didn’t just pack it away. He decided to wear it.
According to The Daily Caller, Trump was visiting the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Thursday while it was docked in Newport News, Virginia. CNN described the Gerald Ford as the Navy’s “newest, most sophisticated vessel” in service.
“They just gave me this beautiful jacket,” the president said as he began his speech. “They said, ‘Please take this home.’ I said, ‘Let me wear it. This is a special day. We’re wearing this.’ This is a great-looking hat.”
Here’s the commander in chief in his newly acquired regalia:
“American sailors are the best war-fighting sailors anywhere in the world, and it’s not even close,” Trump said. “The proud dignity of this ship is a fitting tribute to Gerald Ford. This is American craftsmanship at its biggest and its best.
“American workers are the greatest,” he added.
“I just spoke with Navy and industry leaders and have discussed my plan to undertake a major expansion of our entire Navy fleet, including having the 12-carrier Navy we need,” Trump told the crowd.
“After years of budget cuts that have impaired our defense, I am calling for one of the largest defense spending increases in history. And by eliminating the sequester and the uncertainty it creates, we will make it easier for the Navy to plan for the future.”
“This carrier and the new ships of the Ford Class will expand the ability of our nation to carry out vital missions on the oceans to project American power in distant lands,” the president added, in a sharp contrast to former President Barack Obama. “Hopefully, too, it is power we don’t have to use. But if we do, they’re in big, big trouble.”
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