Coast Guard Welcomes New Commandant in Ceremony Attended by President
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President Donald Trump, center, attends a Change of Command ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Friday, June 1, 2018, in Washington. Adm. Paul F. Zukunft will be relieved by Adm. Karl L. Schultz as the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Donald Trump, center, attends a Change of Command ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Friday, June 1, 2018, in Washington. Adm. Paul F. Zukunft will be relieved by Adm. Karl L. Schultz as the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says America is safe because the U.S. Coast Guard is "strong."

Trump calls the Coast Guard the "elite force" that defends borders, patrols the waters, protects U.S. cities and keeps enemies at bay.

He spoke Friday while presiding over a Coast Guard change-of-command ceremony in Washington.

Adm. Karl Schultz became the 26th Coast Guard commandant, succeeding Adm. Paul Zukunft.

Trump thanked Zukunft for a "lifetime of noble service" and expressed "complete confidence" that Schultz will carry out his new responsibilities with "character, strength and devotion."

Trump recalled watching the Coast Guard last year after powerful hurricanes struck Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Trump says no brand has gained more than the Coast Guard and that the public has "tremendous respect" for it.

This article was written by Darlene Superville from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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