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Trump gives West Point start address

President Trump will address the West Point class, which graduates on Saturday morning by 2020, to students of the US Military Academy who were murdered for the first time.

Graduation ceremony for the 2020 class will be closed to all guests. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said the school is aiming for a “small, safe graduation ceremony”.

Following the guidelines similar to the US Air Force Academy ceremony in April, graduating West Point students will sit six meters away from each other, and Trump will give up the usual handshake for each graduate.

The speech comes as governments around the country continue to relax the pandemic lockout restrictions that keep millions of Americans at home and for months.

Questions were raised about ensuring safety at the start of more than 1100 students.

In the last week’s 1,100 mandatory test, at least 15 students who tested positive for COVID-19 appeared, but none showed symptoms.

Seats for graduates of the United States Military Academy are built for social distances.
Seats for graduates of the United States Military Academy are built for social distances.John Minchillo / Pool via AP

Later on Saturday, he is expected to participate in big money campaign donation at the golf resort of Bedminster in Trump, New Jersey.

Vice President Pence gave West Point students their graduation address last year.

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