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Trump to Coast Guard cadets: 'No politician in history ... has been treated worse or more unfairly'

Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine. Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media. 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. ... I guess that's why we won.

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President Trump complained that “no politician in history … has been treated worse or more unfairly" during a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut Wednesday.

The comments were his first since reports Tuesday night that he asked FBI Director James Comey, since fired, to drop an investigation of Trump's former national security advisor. Trump had also refrained from tweeting for 21 hours, a rarity in the midst of controversy.

Though the speech contained much of the traditional praise for the new graduates, and ceremonial pardons of their "oversights or slight violations," it was also laced with Trump's hallmark defiance and boastfulness that put himself at the center.

“The people understand what I’m doing and that’s the most important thing. I didn't’t get elected to serve the Washington media or the special interests," he said. "I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women and that’s what I'm doing.”

Trump went on to declare that in just months in office, "I've accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short time at president."

Trump listed new jobs, confirmation of a Supreme Court justice, plans to spend more on the military, reduced border crossings, support for gun rights and veterans care, rolling back environmental regulations, plans for a border wall and for cutting taxes.

Trump cast his recent political experience as life advice, pointing as he often does to his election victory.

"You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams," Trump said. "I guess that's why we won."

President Trump arrives at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., to deliver the commencement address on May 17. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump arrives at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., to deliver the commencement address on May 17. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

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