U.S. troops cheered on President Donald Trump when he criticized the establishment media in a Tuesday speech at a Marine Corps Air Station in California.
“Look at all those people back there. Look at that. Oh, that fake news,” Trump said to widespread cheers, getting another round of applause after he said “they get it” in reference to the apparent support among the uniformed troops.
Trump took the opportunity to extoll his administration’s funding and support of the U.S. military, as well as some of his battlefield achievements against the Islamic State. “I know that the United States military will forever remain the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. And we are making it now. $700 billion. $716 billion the following year. We are giving you the tools that they were trying to take away from you,” Trump declared.
He continued, “ISIS never thought this would happen. They never got hit like this. We took off the gloves. In one year, we did more damage to ISIS than other administrations, a certain other administration did in many years years. We took off the gloves.”