- John Kirby: Trump’s remarks to Coast Guard commencement dove into self-pitying complaints about his treatment by media
- He says Trump missed an opportunity to lay out vision, offer advice and uplift. He started off well, but his ego took over
And that’s a shame.
It’s a shame because none of that stuff needed to be said, even with all the Comey-Russia headlines out there. No President — even in good times — has ever truly been happy about his media coverage.
It’s a shame because the speech could have been an opportunity for the commander in chief to lay out a grander vision for the Coast Guard, or perhaps a new maritime defense strategy. Military academy commencements are great venues to, as we say in the Navy, set a new course.