Trump presents Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to West Point football team

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Published: 05/06/2019

President Trump presents the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the US Military Academy Football Team in the White House Rose Garden. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquarte...

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2018 commander-in-chief trophy winner, the army west point black knights, [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ music ]. Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, [ music, ], [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ applause, ], [ music, ] at ease. It'S a beautiful day. What a great group of people star, athletes and stars in every way. I ...
'S an honor to have you at the white house today. It'S my honor to present the commander-in-chief's trophy for the second year in a row to the army, black knights, we're pleased to be joined by vice president mike pence. Thank you mike, along with west point graduate and army secretary, very good mark esper mark. Thank you. Thank you also, a man who has doneunbelievably well for a long period of time, army chief of staff mark milley and sergeant major of the army daniel daily thanks. Also, thank you. Thank you, daniel. Thank you, daniel also thanks to members of congress, mike conaway, trent, kelly and steve womack.

Thank you fellows. Thank you very much. Thank you. I especially want to welcome west point superintendent, lieutenant general darryl williams and general. I want to thank you for continuing the united states, military academy's, famous tradition of excellence. It is indeed excellent and, of course, we're thrilled to be joined by coach, jeff monken jeff. What a job you've done, what a job he's done, we'll be talking about it interim athletic director, danmccarthy and army football team. The whole team is here, and we appreciate it. Oh this mark, i'm looking all over for mark. I said he disappeared. That'S not like a true army guy. Thank you mark very much, congratulations to all of you on a phenomenal victory.

For the first time ever, the west point football program became back-to-back winners of the commander-in-chief's trophy first time ever it's a long history with 11 victories last season. You won more games than any other army team in history, pretty good over the last two seasons. You'Ve won 21 of your last 26 games and you now hold the second longest active winning streak in college. Football, trailing only a teamcalled clemson, the clemson tigers. Did you ever hear that tape? They were here today we're here. Every time you enter the field, you prove that you are army, strong, you clinched, the commander-in-chief's trophy in a hard-fought victory against air force. You led the first half as co-captain darnell wall fox scored the first of two unanswered touchdowns where's darnell, [ applause, ], the army football team. I just want to thank everybody for coming out. All the support has been amazing: go army, the glare then air force came surging back closing your lead to only three points. Well, that's not good! You were a little concerned. He wasn't but his army always does you held the line, linebackers jamesknocked, eagle and co team. Captain called christensen made a pivotable really, and i mean this was pivotal.

Fourth down stop in the final two minutes of the game: securing a 17 to 14 win for the black knights. It was a tough game. Air force is tough, they've, always been tough coach. You guys not that tough. You then won your third bowl victory in three years. Tying an fbs bowl record with an outstanding and astonishing 70 points against a very good team. The houston cougars in that game, quarterback kelvin hopkins, dodge defenders left and right in a magnificent 77 yard. Touchdown run the longest in army bowl history, whis, kelvin, [ applause ]. These guys are all runningfor office after this. Sir. Thank you very much for having me my team mates here. We were blessed to have a great season next year or last year, we're looking for a great one next year, so gone he'll, be back, that's a good sign and kelvin.

I want to just congratulate you because there was a standout performance capped really an extraordinary year, as kelvin became the first army player ever to rush and throw for over 1,000 yards in a single season. Wow, that's great. I got to watch you, but what mattered most was the team's triumph than one of the nation's most celebrated athletic events. The army-navy game. Did anybody ever hear of it markdid you ever hear of the army-navy game. It'S a big deal. I was there. I was there numerous times, but i was there to watch this one. You took an early lead and held baby scoreless for three quarters for four minutes into the fourth quarter. Navy'S quarterback and outstanding player was, at the 7 yard line, getting ready to go in to the endzone. He was ready right. He was you weren't ready.

You weren't ready in a play that ultimately saved the game: defensive back, jalen, mcclinton, raced in from the side and knocked the ball loose from an army recovery. You got an army recovery and i think the name of that player happened to bejames gibson. Where are those two guys come on down james? How much you saved the game, i'm in an offer? They must like you right coach, say a few words go ahead just again, thank you for your support and thank you for having us here. Mr. president, you know it's been a great opportunity to be here. Thank you. I'D like to thank all my teammates. The brotherhood is really special, so garmi you're, so lucky they were in that game. Fellows could have been another story. Could'Ve had somebody else here that would not have been good huh good job that hit stopped a navy touchdown in its tracks and army won by a single score, jalenand james way to go, and i was at the game by the way - and you know i was So impressed with us at the game, i mentioned this to the coach and it's a big deal. I hope it doesn't become the story, but it is a big story, because i'm gon na look at doing a waiver for service academy athletes who can get into the major leagues like the nfl hockey baseball, we're gon na see. If we can do it and they'll serve their time after they're finished with professional sports and that'll make things, can you imagine this incredible coach with that little asset, because i would imagine that would make recruiting a little bit easier, sowe're gon na, on behalf of the Coach who's, a tremendous guy, we're gon na look at a waiver, afford the service academies they'll serve their time after.

I think it sounds good right. I think it sounds good. I'Ve always watched used to be five years and four years and it's a long time. That'S a long time now, it's two years, but it's it's another four years, four or five years that you have to do things so they serve it afterwards. Coach, good luck! Coach! If you win again, which i know you will you'll, do it without, but good luck! I think it's a great idea. I think it's really fair from 1997 to 2015 army wononly, four games against other service academies. Think of that now, with your victories over air force and navy and a lot of other great schools and some football powers, you have won five in a row and ended last season ranked 19th in the nation. Think of that coach, pumpkins record of success earned him. The prestigious george munger and vince lombardi coach of the year awards and coach. I just think it's an amazing job that you've done, and i just i really want you to come up and say a few words coach, because few people have been able to do in the coaching world what you've been able to do, and you did have that. Littlebit of a restriction, some people would call it a lot and you still always seem to win so coach say a few words please. Thank you.

Mr. president, on behalf of the army, football brotherhood, the united states corps cadets, west point's, long gray line and all the brave men and women who proudly serve in the united states army, the united states army reserves in the army, national guard. We thank you for inviting america's team here to the white house to our nation's capital once again, for the second straight year, accept the commander-in-chief's trophy, which we consider the most coveted award in college football. It'S a privilege and an honor for us to be here withyou. Once again, these young men and their classmates in the corps represent our nation's very best. Their commitment to put country before themselves is what sets these men apart, and it sets them apart from common men and and it's the same commitment that they have to each other. Jaylen mcclinton mentioned the brotherhood and how special that is, there's just an incredible loyalty on this team and a commitment to serve this team and that's allowed them to experience record-setting success in a program with an already unbelievable football history, the national championships and the heisman trophies And the great teams that that people talked about it's, it's unbelievable, to have a team like this join the historyof army football. It'S a tough team, and these are tough players, tough bunch of guys they fought their way to 11 wins and, as you mentioned, 21 wins in the last two years. Our 20-plus seniors have led a resurgence in army football. But what makes me most proud is the commitment that they make beyond the field they're the the accomplishments still to come for this group of young men, as each of them will serve as officers of the united states army as most college football players prepare for upcoming Seasons while earning their degrees, preparing them for a career beyond football ours also ours also prepare to fight our nation's wars. In a speech to ourcore army chief of staff, mark milley said you came here to fight and fight you will. I love that line and, and just as this team fought this year against opponents who wanted to take their place on the victory, stand.

They'Ll fight against those who want to take what's ours is a nation and stand they'll these these men, those that stand on the side over here, everybody in a cadet uniform all their classmates back at west point, they're gon na stand in the gap between freedom and Those that want to take it from us and i'm most proud of that of this football team and of our academy. These young men, represent all that our nationexpects of an officer in a west pointer the best of the best warriors ready, determined disciplined resilient. These are the same qualities expected in a championship, football team and they are cic armed forces, bowl, the lambert trophy and the national champions of toughness. What we call the last of the hard. Mr. president, thank you again for hosting this team and this incredible trophy. It'S our great honor to be here as your guests on brave old army team and beat navy, and i was telling some of the incredible talent behind me. We were taking pictures in the oval office right behind the resolute desk. That'S been around for a long time. A lot of great presidentsand, we were talking about our country, how well our country is doing and we've increased the military budget. When i first came in from way down to seven hundred billion dollars coach, you could do good job and then seven hundred and sixteen and now it's even going up a little bit higher, we'll soon have the strongest we've ever had even proportionately the strongest military that We'Ve ever had, and our country needless to say, is doing fantastically well we're setting records over a hundred days of stock market wins, meaning the highest in history. Over a hundred days, we've had of stock market wins and our unemployment numbers are the best in 51 years and for certaingroups african-american asian american women as now 71 years, but the other groups and hispanic american historic lows on unemployment, history of our country.

The best we've had so we're very proud to have everybody with us, and i have to say, as president, i have no greater honor than to serve as the commander-in-chief of america's armed forces and very proud of it. I know that all of you are a great football team, but it's not only a football team you're the future in the united states army so important and i'm very proud of a man named mark milley who's sitting right here, because he's done a fantastic job and Come here stand up mark we introducedyou, but you don't like to stand up. He just likes to win. He doesn't want any. He doesn't want people talking about it. He just wants to win right mark. Thank you. Much very much appreciate it. When you first entered west point each and every one of you pledged to serve our nation after graduation, you represented the best of america and millions of your fellow citizens admire respect you - and i just want to thank you all for your selfless commitment to this country. When he was superintendent of west point general douglas macarthur, who was one of the best students in the history of west point, i always used to hear he was the single bestand. I don't know how you do that, but he was a great student, a great academic which a lot of people didn't know. He made athletics, a mandatory part of the academy curriculum and set a clear goal: every cadet, an athlete, that's what he every cadet an athlete.

Some things you can't learn in a classroom and at the united states military academy, you push yourself to the limit and body and mind and spirit, because you play for more than a trophy. The lessons you learn on the football field will help you to lead on the battlefield, and hopefully we won't have too many battles because we're building a military so strong that nobody's gon na messwith us nobody when you play for army you're, taught the courage to take A hit the strength to sacrifice for your team and the grit to fight for every single inch. You give all that you have and you never let up until that mission is done until you've gained that victory. The army, navy marines air force coast guard all of the united states. Armed forces are the strongest toughest, bravest and fiercest warriors. The world has ever known. We have the greatest military right now that the world has ever known and we're doing some additional things like for our great veterans. They don't know right now. It looks like so far off but someday they'll beveterans, we're taking care of our veterans like never before we just approved after 44 years they've been trying to get it veterans choice rather than waiting for days and weeks and months to see a doctor. If there's a wait, you go right outside you get to a local doctor is a great doctor. We paid the bill and you get yourself fixed up. They'Ve been trying to get that mark for 44 years, as you know, and plenty of other things have been passed for.

Our great veterans with us today are 28 seniors on the team, who will soon graduate become second lieutenants and enter different branches of the army, including infantry armor field artillery and airdefense artillery. Wherever your country needs you, we know you will serve with integrity, loyalty, honor, courage and an unbreakable will to win win win. We love that sound. Oh, we love that word, that's a great! You know it well army's always, and this great army of ours always fights to victory, always to the entire black knights team. Congratulations once again on your historic victories and keep on that path to just winning and making us all very proud of you, because we are all very, very proud of you, so coach. I want to congratulate you again. That'S an incredible job. The job you've done is like few others very few others, and i know some coachesi know some coaches and other leagues. I know some coaches in the nfl jeff. They have great great respect for you as a coach and as a man, and i just want to let you know that so. Thank you all we'll take some pictures around that incredible, trophy and we'll see you very soon. Thank you very much.

Thank you all for being here appreciate: [ applause, ] [ music, ], [ applause, ], [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ applause, ], [ music, ]. Ladies um, please remain in your seats until the army west point, black knights. Have an art show sorry, you [ music, ].

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