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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) President Donald Trump[1], in his first public appearance since a memo was released where Trump asks former FBI Director James Comey[2] to stop his investigation[3] into former national security adviser Michael Flynn[4], spoke to the cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy[5] in New London[6] Wednesday. In his speech, Trump recognized Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy[7], despite their previous political attacks on one another. He also acknowledged the budget crisis[8] occurring here in Connecticut. President Trump spoke to the cadets for just under 30 minutes, often highlighting the critical role of the Coast Guard to the nation s security.

Towards the end of his speech, the President took a moment to discuss his treatment by the media. Hats off to the graduating class of 2017 at the Coast Guard Academy[9]. President Trump touched on the efficiency of the Coast Guard, and thanked the Coast Guard and the cadets for always being under budget and ahead of schedule . Trump s visit to Connecticut has many people divided. The President s visit brought with him lots of road closures, crowds of supporters and protesters. The entire area is swarming with law enforcement people and vehicles. The small campus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is one of the most secure places on earth Wednesday.

Related: Fishermen work to get Trump s attention on Thames River[10]

Presidential Visit for U.S. Coast Guard Academy Commencement

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As early as 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, operations crews and media were setup at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy ahead of President Trump’s arrival (WTNH / Joe D’Addesse) President Trump salutes Air Force Airmen as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland (Photo: White House Pool) An enthusiastic crowd greeted President Trump as he arrived at Groton-New London Airport Wednesday morning (WTNH / Brian Spyros) As the President arrived in New London, a flotilla of commercial fisherman took the waters near the Coast Guard academy hoping to catch the attention of the President (WTNH / Jacquie Slater) President Trump waves to the crowd at Groton-New London Airport (WTNH / Ken Melch) Air Force One awaits at Groton-New London Airport for President Trump (WTNH / Brian Spyros) Cadets arrive at the U.S. Coast Guard commencement ceremony (WTNH / Kent Pierce) A packed crowd cheers on the cadets as they enter the ceremony, moments before the President’s arrival (WTNH / Kent Pierce) The Fisherman Flotilla is in position, with more than two dozen commercials ships in Thames River near the Coast Guard Academy (WTNH / Jacquie Slater) The cadets are seated moments before President Trump’s arrival (WTNH / Kent Pierce) A picture-perfect day for the U.S. Coast Guard Commencement (WTNH / Joe D’Addesse) President Donald Trump and Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft, stand for the National Anthem (WTNH / Joe D’Addesse) President Trump begins his remarks to the cadets (WTNH / Kent Pierce) President Trump addresses the cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London (Photo: White House Pool) Coast Guard cadets take their oath of service (WTNH / Kent Pierce) President Trump poses with each of the 195 new Ensigns of the United States Coast Guard (WTNH / Joe D’Addesse) The last Coast Guard plane and helicopters fly overhead (WTNH / Kent Pierce) Congratulations to the 2017 cadet class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy! (WTNH / Kent Pierce) Upon conclusion of the ceremony, the fisherman flotilla disperses; and makes their way toward their home ports. (WTNH / Jacquie Slater)

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#trumpinct now at #cgacommencement17 pic.twitter.com/8QNca4EKy8[11][12][13]

Kent Pierce (@kentpierce8) May 17, 2017[14]

Related: Groups and Groton prepare for Presidential visit[15]

Of course, that won t stop people from trying to get a glimpse of the President. Keep in mind, you can t park, you can t even pull over on the motorcade route. Streets will be closed, as will I-95 at least for a little while because that s the only way to drive over the Thames river from Groton to New London. So good luck seeing the President.

Expect heavy delays and frozen zones as @POTUS arrives in CT around 10:30 and departs around 2pm. pic.twitter.com/CQ2dZbVFZb[16][17]

Teresa Dufour (@teresadu4) May 17, 2017[18]

Then there are the people who want the president to see them. There are always people looking to protest the president.[19] Maybe there are more than usual with this particular president. Some local fishermen have a plan to park a group of boats out in the Thames, outside the 500 years security perimeter, with signs that say Make commercial fishing great again.

Related: Police in Groton announce parking restrictions ahead of Trump visit[20]

If we get noticed that would be good because we would like to have the president review some regulations and ease up the way things are working for fishermen before we are gone completely, said Joseph Gilbert, Regulus.

But let s remember this day is supposed to be about the cadets who are about to become newly commissioned officers. Usually when you cover a college commencement ceremony, you ask the graduates[21] whether they have a job lined up. Not a problem for the men and women graduating Wednesday. They will go out and serve aboard coast guard vessels or stations through the country and even in other parts of the world.

Related: President Trump protesters and supporters rally in New London park[22]

There will be street and highway closures as President Trump has arrived around 10:20 a.m. He leaves a little before 2 p.m.

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  1. ^ President Donald Trump (wtnh.com)
  2. ^ James Comey (wtnh.com)
  3. ^ stop his investigation (wtnh.com)
  4. ^ Michael Flynn (wtnh.com)
  5. ^ Coast Guard Academy (wtnh.com)
  6. ^ New London (wtnh.com)
  7. ^ Dannel Malloy (wtnh.com)
  8. ^ budget crisis (wtnh.com)
  9. ^ Coast Guard Academy (wtnh.com)
  10. ^ Fishermen work to get Trump s attention on Thames River (wtnh.com)
  11. ^ #trumpinct (twitter.com)
  12. ^ #cgacommencement17 (twitter.com)
  13. ^ pic.twitter.com/8QNca4EKy8 (t.co)
  14. ^ May 17, 2017 (twitter.com)
  15. ^ Groups and Groton prepare for Presidential visit (wtnh.com)
  16. ^ @POTUS (twitter.com)
  17. ^ pic.twitter.com/CQ2dZbVFZb (t.co)
  18. ^ May 17, 2017 (twitter.com)
  19. ^ protest the president. (wtnh.com)
  20. ^ Police in Groton announce parking restrictions ahead of Trump visit (wtnh.com)
  21. ^ the graduates (wtnh.com)
  22. ^ President Trump protesters and supporters rally in New London park (wtnh.com)

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