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Trump Calls Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald Ford Symbol of American Power

President Donald Trump at the commissioning of the USS Gerald Ford said "everyone will know that America is coming and America is coming strong."
Image: Donald Trump, Richard McCormack
President Donald Trump, left, puts the USS Gerald Ford into commission as Ships commander Capt. Richard McCormack, front right, listens at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia on July 22, 2017.Steve Helber / AP
/ Source: Associated Press

President Donald Trump is championing what he describes as America's return to global military prominence.

Trump spoke Saturday at the official commissioning of the aircraft carrier the USS Gerald Ford at Norfolk, Virginia.

The president says there has been "a shortfall in military readiness" and decries "a very, very bad time" for the military" in previous years.

Trump hails the $12.9 billion next-generation aircraft carrier as symbolic of a new era when "everyone will know that America is coming and America is coming strong."

Earlier this year, Trump gave an interview criticizing the high-tech electromagnetic catapult that is one of the signature innovations of the Ford and expressing a preference for the traditional steam-fueled catapult. He didn't mention the issue on Saturday.

Sailors manning the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia on July 22, 2017.Julio Martinez Martinez / U.S. Navy via EPA