President Trump made a reference to the swirl of controversy surrounding his White House during remarks Wednesday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, saying no politician has ever been treated worse by the media.
Delivering the Coast Guard commencement speech, Trump said he wanted to offer the graduating cadets some advice based off his own experiences. Over the course of your lives, he said, you will find things that happen to you "are not always fair."
"You have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight," he said. "Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine."
Without specifically referencing the controversy over allegations that he asked then-FBI Director James Comey in February to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump said to "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," Trump said. "You can't let them get you down. You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams."
Trump drew cheers and applause for the remarks.
"I guess that's why we won," he added. "Adversity makes you stronger. Don't give in, don't back down, and never stop doing what you know is right."
Trump went on to tout his "tremendous amount" of accomplishments, citing jobs returning to the country, the successful nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and progress on border control.