ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump will be the “best friend the armed forces of the United States will ever have.”

Pence told the graduating class at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday the president will “always have your back.”

The vice president says neither he nor Trump will rest until they “restore the arsenal of democracy, and he says “the era of budget cuts of the armed forces of the United States is over.”

Pence says Trump is “reaffirming America’s role as leader of the free world.”

Pence, whose son is an officer in the Marines, spoke to 1,053 graduates, including 811 men and 242 women. Of them, 768 will be commissioned as Navy ensigns, and 259 will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Marines.

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