President Donald Trump spoke to the graduating class at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on Friday.
"Our country has regained the respect that we used to have long ago", said Trump, who did not mention North Korea in his remarks.
"We're talking to them now", Trump said. "Yes, they're respecting us again - Yes, America is back". "We're going to see what happens".
He said the Navy fleet will soon increase to 355 "beautiful ships", and that Congress also has approved the largest military pay raise in a decade.
Amid full-throated patriotism, Trump squeezed in a few asides about his effort to launch "the great rebuilding" of the military. We are going to stand up for our values. He applauded his push for the "largest-ever" military budget, which he said would lead to "the strongest military that we have ever had".More news: Jared Kushner (Finally) Has Full White House Security Clearance
Trump's address comes one day after he scrapped a planned nuclear summit with North Korea, raising fears of renewed tensions in the region. "And when did we need it more than now?"
"The best way to prevent war, is to be fully prepared for war", Trump said.
The president told the graduates that his interest in building up the military is as a means to prevent war but also told the graduates that "victory, winning, handsome words" would be the only option in the event of inevitable conflict.
"I'll stay, I'll stay", the president said, responding to the applause from the audience.
President Donald Trump is set to address the 2018 graduates of the United States Naval Academy. Winning is such a great feeling.
The class of 2018 includes 283 Naval aviators, 134 submariners, 256 surface warfare officers, 70 restricted line officers, 15 explosive ordinance disposal officers, 236 Marines and 35 "very tough, very well-conditioned" Navy SEALs, Mr. Trump said.