During a speech at a U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony on May 17, President Donald Trump said that mainstream news sources have treated him worse than any other politician ever -- but that's not a reason to quit.
"Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media," Trump said during the commencement ceremony at the Connecticut institution, according to The Hill. "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. Adversity makes you stronger."
The president went on to say that he won the 2016 presidential election in part because of his outlook and determination and said that he has accomplished a "tremendous amount" since he was first sworn into office in January.
"You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted," he told the graduates. "But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine."
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The president's words came as the media continues to scrutinize him for firing former FBI Director James Comey amid an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, notes NPR. Some legislators are discussing impeaching Trump for potentially attempting to obstruct and intimidate Comey -- preventing him from following through in probing whether or not the Russian government colluded with the Trump campaign.
"We're actually pretty close to considering impeachment," said Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, according to NPR.
Reports that Comey wrote a memo in February stating that Trump asked him to stop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia could be the final nail in the coffin, said some Democrats, although there is no indication that a sizeable number of House Republicans are on board. However, some legal experts say that it is unlikely that Trump would be impeached unless the memo states that he explicitly commanded Comey to back down.
White House officials have not spoken about the memo, although Trump's team issued a report denying the allegations, according to The Hill.
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The president did not address it at the commencement beyond his comments about the media targeting him.
"Never stop doing what you know is right," the president added to the Coast Guard graduates. "Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy. And the more righteous your fight, the more opposition you will face."